10-K 1 v461782_10k.htm 10-K

  

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

  

 

 

FORM 10-K

(Mark one)

xANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 For the year ended December 31, 2016

OR

 

¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 For the transition period from ________ to ________

 

Commission File Number 000-54391

 

 

 

SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   51-0662991
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
176 LaGuardia Ave.,    
Staten Island, New York, 10314   (347) 286-0712
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)   (Registrant’s telephone number, including are
code)

 

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

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

 

Common Stock, par value $.001 per share   Warrants   Units
(Title of Class)   (Title of Class)   (Title of Class)

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ¨   No   x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ¨ No x  

 

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 requirement for the past 90 days.   Yes   x     No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, 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 the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes   x     No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§232.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the 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 10K.  Yes ¨ No  x

 

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 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 ¨   Smaller reporting company x
(Do not check if a 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  x   No ¨

 

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common stock was last sold as of June 30, 2016 was $187,535.

 

The number of shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of March 28, 2017 was 1,744,569.

 

Documents Incorporated by Reference

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMG Indium Resources Ltd.

Annual Report on Form 10-K

For the Year Ended December 31, 2016

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements   1
       
PART I      
       
ITEM 1. Business   2
ITEM 1A. Risk Factors   3
ITEM 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments   6
ITEM 2. Properties   6
ITEM 3. Legal Proceedings   6
ITEM 4. Mine Safety Disclosure   6
       
PART II      
       
ITEM 5. Market For Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities   7
ITEM 6. Selected Financial Data   7
ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   8
ITEM 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk   11
ITEM 8. Financial Statements   11
ITEM 9. Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure   11
ITEM 9A. Controls and Procedures   11
ITEM 9B. Other Information   12
       
PART III      
       
ITEM 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance   13
ITEM 11. Executive Compensation   17
ITEM 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters   19
ITEM 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence   22
ITEM 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services   22
       
PART IV      
       
ITEM 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules   24

 

 

 

  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “SMG Indium,” “SMG,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to SMG Indium Resources Ltd.  In this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we may make certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, intentions and resources that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand a company’s future prospects and make informed investment decisions. This Annual Report on Form10-K contains such “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be made directly in this Annual Report, and they may also be made a part of this Annual Report by reference to other documents filed with the SEC, which is known as “incorporation by reference.”

 

The statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “should,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “intends,” “continue,” or similar terms or variations of those terms or the negative of those terms.   All forward-looking statements are management’s present expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These statements appear in a number of places in this Form 10-K and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of SMG Indium Resources Ltd. Forward-looking statements are merely our current predictions of future events. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, are not guaranties of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from our predictions. There are a number of factors that could negatively affect our business and the value of our securities, including, but not limited to, fluctuations in the market price of our common stock; changes in our plans, strategies and intentions; changes in market valuations associated with our cash flows and operating results; the impact of significant acquisitions, dispositions and other similar transactions; our ability to attract and retain key employees; changes in financial estimates or recommendations by securities analysts; asset impairments; decreased liquidity in the capital markets; and changes in interest rates. Such factors could materially affect our Company's future operating results and could cause actual events to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements relating to our Company. Although we have sought to identify the most significant risks to our business, we cannot predict whether, or to what extent, any of such risks may be realized, nor is there any assurance that we have identified all possible issues that we might face.

 

In light of these assumptions, risks and uncertainties, the results and events discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or in any document incorporated by reference might not occur. Stockholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or the date of the document incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, as applicable. We are not under any obligation, and we expressly disclaim any obligation, to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as may be required by applicable law. All subsequent forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or to any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. We urge readers to carefully review and consider the various disclosures we make in this report and our other reports filed with the SEC that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect our business including the risk factors included herein under Item 1A “Risk Factors.”

 

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PART I

 

Item 1.Business

 

Introduction

 

We were incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on January 7, 2008.  From inception through December 31, 2014, our primary business purpose was to stockpile indium, a specialty metal that is used as a raw material in a wide variety of consumer electronics manufacturing applications. As of December 31, 2014, we sold all of the indium from our stockpile. As a result, we are no longer in the business of purchasing and selling indium. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. In connection therewith, we have engaged Brack Advisors LLC (Brack), a company owned by Richard A. Biele, one of our directors, to assist in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions. We paid Brack $50 thousand in 2016 under a consulting agreement with Brack (the Brack Agreement) and agreed to pay $25 thousand in 2017 under the Brack Agreement, as amended (Amended Brack Agreement). However, there can be no assurance that we will enter into any such transaction, and if so, on terms favorable to us.

 

In December 2015, our Board approved a cash distribution to stockholders in the amount of $1.75 per share of common stock (or approximately $3.05 million). The distribution was classified as a return of capital for tax purposes. The aggregate cash distribution was recorded against additional paid-in capital for accounting purposes. During the third quarter of 2015, our board of directors (Board) approved a program to repurchase up to $650 thousand in shares of our common stock. In connection therewith, we repurchased 139,070 shares of our common stock in September 2015 for approximately $0.2 million, or $1.40 per share. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, 1,744,569 shares of our common stock were outstanding.

 

At December 31, 2016, we had approximately $0.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. Our annual cash operating expenses are estimated to be approximately $0.3 million while we review our strategic options. We believe that we have sufficient funds to sustain operations until at least March 31, 2018.

 

 In 2015, management services were provided under an agreement (2015 Nano Agreement) with Nano-Cap Advisors LLC (Nano) in which Ailon Z. Grushkin, Chairman of our Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer, is the sole shareholder. Under the arrangement, which was approved by our Board, we paid Nano $90 thousand in 2015 to provide management services and office space. During the first quarter of 2016, we entered into an agreement (2016 Nano Agreement) with Nano under which Nano continued to provide such services in 2016 for a fee of $70 thousand. We have agreed to pay Nano $35 thousand in 2017 under the 2016 Nano Agreement, as amended (Amended 2016 Nano Agreement).

 

We are not legally prohibited from pursuing other business strategies pursuant to our certificate of incorporation, as amended, or any other corporate document. We will promptly notify stockholders of any modifications to our stated business plan. Our operations have been limited to purchasing, stockpiling, lending or leasing the metal indium. Prior to December 31, 2014, we sold our entire indium stockpile. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the merger or acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company, which would require approval of our Board and will require stockholder approval.

 

Employees

 

We have no full-time employees. Our Chief Executive Officer and President provides services to us on a part time basis under an agreement with Nano. Our Chief Financial Officer is a part-time employee and our administrative assistant is a part-time independent contractor.

 

Corporate Information

 

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and beneficial ownership reports on Forms 3, 4 and 5 filed on behalf of directors and executive officers and any amendments to such reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Such reports and other information that we file with the SEC are available on our website at http://www.smg-indium.com when such reports are filed with the SEC. Copies of this Annual Report on Form 10-K may also be obtained without charge electronically or by paper by contacting Ailon Grushkin, SMG Indium Resources Ltd., by calling (347) 286-0712.

 

The public may also read and copy the materials we file with the SEC at its Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC also maintains a website at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding companies that file electronically with the SEC. References to our website and the SEC’s website are intended to be inactive textual references and the contents of these websites are not incorporated into this filing.

 

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Item 1A.Risk Factors

 

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. Before purchasing our common stock, you should carefully consider the following risk factors as well as other information contained in this Report, including our financial statements and the related notes. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones facing us. Additional risks and uncertainties that we are unaware of, or that we currently deem immaterial, also may become important factors that affect us. If any of the following risks occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially and adversely affected. In that case, the trading price of our securities could decline, and you may lose some or all of your investment.

 

Factors That May Affect Our Business and Results of Operations

 

We currently have no operating business.

 

We currently have no operating business or plans to develop one. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. However, there can be no assurance that we will enter into any such transaction, and if so, on terms favorable to us. Since December 31, 2014, our efforts have been limited to meeting our regulatory filing requirements and searching for strategic alternatives.

 

One of our principal stockholders controls a substantial interest in us and thus may influence certain actions requiring a stockholder vote.

 

William C. Martin, a former director, beneficially owns approximately 45.0% of our outstanding common stock with voting rights through a wholly owned entity Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd. (formerly Raging Capital Fund LP and Raging Capital Fund (QP), LP) and his Individual Retirement Account. This percentage ownership does not take into consideration the potential exercise of any stock options controlled by William C. Martin. Mr. Martin is able to influence the outcome of all matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors, amendment of our certificate of incorporation and approval of significant corporate transactions. The interests of Mr. Martin and our stockholders’ interests may not always align, and taking actions, which require stockholder approval, such as selling the company, may be controlled by Mr. Martin if he agrees with the strategy, or may be more difficult to accomplish if he disagrees with the strategy. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the merger or acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. Furthermore, in the event that Mr. Martin elects to sell a significant portion of his interest in the Company, such sale may materially affect the Company and our stock price could decrease.

 

There may be a lack of investment liquidity in our shares because we are not a mutual fund, a closed end fund, a trust company, an ETF or an ETN.

 

We are not a mutual fund, a closed end fund, a trust company, an exchange traded fund (ETF) or an exchange traded note (ETN) and our shares are not quoted on a national exchange. Therefore, an investment in our common shares is not redeemable and liquidity may be limited. Furthermore, our principal stockholder currently owns 45% of our common shares, which are subject to restrictions on transfer, including time and volume limitations under Rule 144, which serves to further reduce the float of common stock and its liquidity.

 

Our securities have had limited trading since our IPO, the price of our common stock may experience extreme price and volume fluctuations and any volatility in our common stock price could result in claims against us.

 

An active public market for our common stock has not developed or been sustained since our IPO. The market price of our securities has declined below the IPO price. The market price of our common stock may fluctuate significantly in response to the following factors, some of which are beyond our control:

 

  · variations in our quarterly operating results;

 

  · our announcements of significant contracts, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures or capital commitments;

 

  · additions or departures of key personnel;

 

  · future sales of securities; and

 

  · changes in financial estimates by securities analysts.

 

In the past, securities class action litigation has been brought against a company following periods of volatility in the market price of its securities. Securities litigation could result in substantial costs and divert management’s attention and resources.

 

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We may issue additional shares of our common stock that would result in a dilution of our stockholders.

 

We are authorized to issue up to 25,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, and 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share. Currently, there are 22,116,361 authorized but unissued shares of our common stock available for issuance (after appropriate reservation for the issuance of shares of common stock upon full exercise of, 1,000,000 shares reserved under our stock option plan). Although we currently have no commitment, we may issue a substantial number of additional shares of our common or preferred stock, or a combination of common and preferred stock to obtain future financing or for any mergers or acquisitions.

 

The issuance of additional shares of our common stock or any number of shares of our preferred stock:

 

  · may significantly reduce the equity interest of our stockholders;

 

  · may subordinate the rights of holders of common stock if preferred stock is issued with rights senior to those afforded to the holders of our common stock;

 

  · will likely cause a change in control if a substantial number of our shares of common stock are issued, which may, among other things, result in the resignation or removal of our present officers and directors; and

 

  · may adversely affect prevailing market prices for our common stock.

 

We may need to raise additional capital and may encounter unforeseen costs. If the terms on which the additional capital is available are unsatisfactory or if the additional capital is not available at all, we may not be able to pursue our objective and strategy.

 

Our expenses are funded from cash on hand. Once such cash available has been spent, we will be required to generate cash resources from debt incurrence or the sale of additional equity securities. Our ability to obtain additional financing in the future will depend in part upon the prevailing capital market conditions, as well as our business performance. We may not be successful in our efforts to arrange additional financing on terms satisfactory to us or at all. If additional financing is raised by the issuance of common stock, stockholders may suffer additional dilution and if additional financing is raised through debt financing, it may involve significant restrictive covenants, which could affect our ability to operate our business. If adequate funds are not available, or are not available on acceptable terms, we may not be able to continue our operations or take advantage of opportunities in connection with any strategic options.

 

We depend upon our senior executive officer and his loss or unavailability could put us at a competitive disadvantage.

 

We currently depend upon the efforts and abilities of our senior executive officer, Ailon Z. Grushkin, our Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. The loss or unavailability of the services of this individual for any significant period of time would have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations. Further, we have not purchased any key-man insurance for our senior executive officer.

 

Our officers and directors may allocate their time to other businesses, thereby causing conflicts of interest regarding the amount of time such officers and directors devote to our affairs, which could affect our business.

 

Our officers and directors are not required to commit their full time to our affairs, which could create a conflict of interest when allocating their time between our operations and their other commitments. Our executive officers and directors are currently employed by other entities and are not obligated to devote any specific number of hours to our affairs. If other entities require them to devote more substantial amounts of time to their business and affairs, it could limit their ability to devote time to our affairs and could have a negative impact on our operations. These conflicts may not be resolved in our favor.

 

Stockholders do not have the protections associated with ownership of shares in an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, or the protections afforded by the Commodity Exchange Act of 1936 (Commodity Exchange Act or CEA).

 

We are not registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and are not required to register under such act. Consequently, stockholders do not have the regulatory protections provided to investors in investment companies. We will not hold or trade in commodity futures contracts regulated by the CEA, as administered by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Furthermore, we are not a commodity pool for purposes of the CEA, and we are not subject to regulation by the CFTC as a commodity pool operator or a commodity trading advisor in connection with our securities. Consequently, stockholders do not have the regulatory protections provided to investors in CEA-regulated instruments or commodity pools.

 

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Risks Related to Our Common Stock

 

It is uncertain as to whether we will continue to pay any cash distributions on our common stock in the foreseeable future.

 

During 2015, we made a cash distribution to our stockholders of $1.75 per common share. In 2014, we tendered for 78% of our outstanding common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $16.1 million. Any future determination to make cash distributions to stockholders will be at the discretion of our Board and will depend on our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and other factors that our Board deems relevant. At this time, we do not anticipate making any future cash distributions. Our Board, however, may consider paying dividends in the future once it has evaluated potential strategic options for the business. In addition, the terms of any future debt or credit facility may preclude us from paying dividends.

 

If an active, liquid trading market for our securities does not develop, holders of our securities may not be able to sell their common stock quickly or at or above their purchase price.

 

An active and liquid trading market for our securities has not developed or been sustained. Holders of our securities may not be able to sell their common stock quickly or at or above their purchase price if trading in our securities is not active.

 

Our outstanding options may have an adverse effect on the market price of common stock and make it more difficult to obtain future financing.

 

As of December 31, 2016, we have outstanding options to purchase up to 377,500 shares of common stock issued and outstanding. The sale or even the possibility of sale of the shares of common stock underlying such options could have an adverse effect on the market price for our securities or on our ability to obtain future financing. If and to the extent these options are exercised, holders may experience dilution to their holdings.

 

We could issue ‘‘blank check’’ preferred stock without stockholder approval with the effect of diluting then current stockholder interests and impairing their voting rights.

 

Our certificate of incorporation, as amended, authorizes the issuance of up to 1,000,000 shares of ‘‘blank check’’ preferred stock with designations, rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by our Board. Accordingly, our Board is empowered, without stockholder approval, to issue a series of preferred stock with dividend, liquidation, conversion, voting or other rights which could dilute the interest of, or impair the voting power of, our common stockholders. The issuance of a series of preferred stock could be used as a method of discouraging, delaying or preventing a change in control. For example, it would be possible for our Board to issue preferred stock with voting or other rights or preferences that could impede the success of any attempt to change control of our company.

 

 Our securities are quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board and the OTCQB, which limits the liquidity and price of our securities more than if our securities were to be quoted or listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market or another national exchange.

 

Our common stock trade in the over-the-counter market and are quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board, a FINRA-sponsored and operated inter-dealer automated quotation system for equity securities not included in the Nasdaq Stock Market, and/or the OTCQB, a similar marketplace operated by Pink OTC Markets Inc. Quotation of our securities on the OTC Bulletin Board and the OTCQB limits the liquidity and price of our securities more than if our securities were quoted or listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market or a national exchange. Lack of liquidity limits the price at which our securities may be sold or whether our securities may be sold at all.

 

A market for our securities may cease to exist, which would adversely affect the liquidity and price of our securities.

 

Our securities are quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board and the OTCQB. Stockholders and prospective stockholders have only limited access to information about prior trading history on which to base their investment decision. The price of our securities may vary significantly due to our reports of operating losses, one or more potential business transactions, the filing of periodic reports with the SEC and general market and economic conditions. An active trading market for our securities may never develop or, if developed, it may not be sustained. In addition, the price of the securities varies due to general economic conditions and forecasts, our general business condition and the release or our financial reports. Unless a market can be established or sustained, holders of our securities may be unable to sell their securities.

 

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Our common stock is subject to the “penny stock” rules of the SEC and the trading market in our common stock is limited, which makes transactions in our common stock cumbersome and may reduce the value of an investment in our common stock.

 

The SEC has adopted Rule 15g-9 which generally define a ‘‘penny stock’’ to be an equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. Exceptions include equity securities issued by an issuer that has (i) net tangible assets of in excess of $2 million, if such issuer has been in continuous operation for more than three years, or (ii) net tangible assets of in excess of $5 million, if such issuer has been in continuous operation for less than three years, or (iii) average revenue of at least $6 million for the preceding three years. Unless an exception is available, the regulations require, that prior to any transaction involving a penny stock, a risk disclosure schedule must be delivered to the buyer explaining the penny stock market and its risks.

 

Generally, brokers may be less willing to execute transactions in securities subject to the “penny stock” rules. This may make it more difficult for investors to dispose of our common stock and cause a decline in the market value of our stock.

 

Provisions in our charter documents and Delaware law may inhibit a takeover of our Company, which could limit the price investors might be willing to pay in the future for our common stock and could entrench management.

 

Our charter and bylaws contain provisions that may discourage unsolicited takeover proposals that stockholders may consider to be in their best interests.

 

Moreover, our Board has the ability to designate the terms of, and issue new series of preferred stock.

 

We are also subject to anti-takeover provisions under Delaware law, which could delay or prevent a change of control. Together these provisions may make more difficult the removal of management and may discourage transactions that otherwise could involve payment of a premium over prevailing market prices for our securities.

 

Item 1B.Unresolved Staff Comments

 

None.

 

Item 2.Properties

 

We maintain our principal executive offices at 176 LaGuardia Ave., Staten Island, New York 10314 under the Amended 2016 Nano Agreement.

 

Item 3.Legal Proceedings

 

There are no legal proceedings currently pending or, to our knowledge, threatened against us.

 

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

 

Market Price and Dividend Information

 

Our common stock is quoted on the OTC Pink Market operated by OTC Market Group, Inc. under the symbol “SMGI”. Our warrants (which expired in May 2016) were quoted on the OTCQB Marketplace under the symbol “SMGIW”. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices for our common stock and warrants, as reported.

 

Quarterly Price Ranges

 

   Common Stock*   Warrants 
Quarter Ended  High   Low   High   Low 
 March 31, 2016  $0.20   $0.18   $0.0041   $0.0040 
 June 30, 2016  $0.25   $0.23   $0.0030   $0.0001 
 September 30, 2016  $0.25   $0.25     n/a      n/a  
 December 31, 2016  $0.33   $0.14     n/a      n/a  
                     
 March 31, 2015  $0.35   $0.31   $0.0145   $0.0145 
 June 30, 2015  $0.33   $0.30   $0.0200   $0.0145 
 September 30, 2015  $0.32   $0.29   $0.0180   $0.0100 
 December 31, 2015  $0.40   $0.17   $0.0145   $0.0065 

 

As of March 17, 2017, the closing sales price of our common stock on the OTC Bulletin Board was $0.25. As of March 17, 2017, there were approximately 148 stockholders of record of our common stock.

 

* As published on Bloomberg L.P., adjusted to reflect a special cash distribution paid in December 2015 of $1.75 per share of common stock.

 

n/a-not applicable. The warrants expired in May 2016.

 

Dividend Policy

 

We paid $1.75 per common share in a return of capital cash distribution to our stockholders in December 2015 for an aggregate amount of $3.052 million. There were no such distributions in 2016. Any future determination to pay dividends will be at the discretion of our Board and will depend on our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and other factors that our Board deems relevant. In addition, the terms of any future debt or credit facility may preclude us from paying dividends. At this time, we do not anticipate paying any future dividends. The Company’s Board however, may consider paying dividends in the future once it has evaluated potential strategic options for the business.

 

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

None.

  

Item 6.Selected Financial Data

 

We are a smaller reporting company, and therefore, we are not required to provide information required by this item.

 

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

 

The following discussion and analysis of our results of operations and financial condition should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this report. This discussion and analysis contains forward looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forwarding looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, those which are not within our control.

 

Overview

 

We were incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on January 7, 2008.  Since inception, our primary business purpose has been to stockpile indium, a specialty metal that is used as a raw material in a wide variety of consumer electronics manufacturing applications. We also lent, leased and sold indium when management believed it was advantageous. In December 2013, our Board authorized management to sell our entire stockpile of indium in 2014 based on prevailing market conditions. As of December 31, 2014, we sold all of the indium from our stockpile. As a result we are no longer in the business of purchasing and selling indium. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. In connection therewith, we have engaged one of our directors to assist in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions and have paid that director $50 thousand in 2016 for those services. However, there can be no assurance that we will enter into any such transaction, and if so, on terms favorable to us.

 

In December 2015, our Board approved a cash distribution to stockholders in the amount of $1.75 per common share (or approximately $3.05 million). The distribution was a return of capital for tax purposes. The aggregate cash distribution was recorded against additional paid-in capital for accounting purposes. During the third quarter of 2015, our Board approved a program to repurchase up to $650 thousand of our common stock. In connection therewith, we repurchased 139,070 shares of our common stock in September 2015 for approximately $0.2 million, or $1.40 per share. At December 31, 2016, 1,744,569 shares of our common stock were outstanding.

 

 Our expenses will be required to be satisfied by cash on hand at December 31, 2016 of approximately $0.6 million. Cash on hand is expected to be sufficient to satisfy our estimated expenses of approximately $0.3 million through March 31, 2018. We may seek to raise additional capital to cover our corporate strategies through potentially dilutive equity offerings or debt financing.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The preparation for financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. For a description of our significant accounting policies, see Notes to Financial Statements – Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies. Of these policies, the following are considered critical to an understanding of the Company’s Financial Statements as they require the application of the most difficult, subjective and complex judgments: (1) Use of Estimates, (2) Share-Based Payment Arrangements and (3) Income Taxes. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results could differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements-Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, which provides guidance on determining when and how reporting entities must disclose going-concern uncertainties in their financial statements. The new standard requires management to perform interim and annual assessments of an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year of the date of issuance of the entity’s financial statements (or within one year after the date on which the financial statements are available to be issued, when applicable). Further, an entity must provide certain disclosures if there is “substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern.” This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016, and for annual periods and interim periods thereafter, with early adoption permitted. The Company has adopted this standard which has not had a material impact on its financial statements.

 

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Results of Operations

 

Year 2016 compared to Year 2015

 

The results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are as follows:

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
         
Operating costs:          
 Operating expenses - related parties  $120,000   $90,000 
 Other general and administrative expenses   267,146    378,336 
Total operating costs   387,146    468,336 
           
Operating loss   (387,146)   (468,336)
           
Other income:          
 Interest income   814    7,434 
Net loss  $(386,332)  $(460,902)
           
Net Loss Per Share          
 Basic and diluted  $(0.22)  $(0.25)
           
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding          
 Basic and diluted   1,744,569    1,846,300 

 

Year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015

 

There were no sales for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, as we sold our remaining stockpile of indium during 2014 and have exited the indium business. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. However, there can be no assurance that we will enter into any such transaction, and if so, on terms favorable to us.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $0.4 million compared to $0.5 million in 2015 representing a decrease of 20%. The decrease was due primarily to lower insurance expense, professional fees and manager fees. We expect that our normal annual cash expenses will approximate $0.3 million in 2017. Interest income was lower in 2016 as a result of a decrease in cash equivalents.

 

There were no income taxes in 2016 and 2015 as a result of our net loss for the periods.

 

Net loss was approximately ($0.4) million in 2016 (or ($0.22) per basic and diluted share) compared to a net loss of approximately ($0.5) million for the year ended December 31, 2015 (or ($0.25) per basic and diluted share). The change was due principally to lower operating expenses. The basic weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding in 2016 was 1,744,569 compared to 1,846,300 in 2015. The decrease in weighted average shares in 2016 was due to the purchase of shares of common stock under our stock repurchase program at the end of 2015.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Since our inception and through December 31, 2016, we have incurred an accumulated deficit of approximately $6.5 million of which approximately $2.4 million was due to a non-cash preferential dividend to Class A Common Stockholders in 2011. At December 31, 2016, we have working capital of approximately $0.6 million. This represents a decrease of approximately $0.3 million from the working capital of approximately $0.9 million at December 31, 2015. The decrease in working capital was primarily due to cash used to fund operations in 2016.

 

As of December 31, 2016, we have cash and cash equivalents of approximately $0.6 million compared to cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.0 million at December 31, 2015. The decrease of approximately $0.4 million was due primarily to cash used to fund operations during 2016. We believe that the cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2016 should be sufficient to pay our operating expenses through March 31, 2018, which we currently estimate to be approximately $0.3 million annually.

 

Although we do not believe we will need to raise additional funds in order to meet the expenditures required for operating our business through March 31, 2018, we may need to raise additional capital if we encounter unforeseen costs or if cash is needed for any corporate initiatives. Although we are currently not a party to any agreement or letter of intent with respect to potential investments in, or acquisitions of businesses, we may enter into these types of arrangements in the future, which could also require us to seek additional equity or debt financing. Additional funds may not be available on terms favorable to us or at all. We have begun evaluating strategic options including the merger or acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. There can be no assurances that we will enter into any such transactions, and if so, on terms favorable to us.

 

Discussion of Cash Flows

 

The Company’s cash flow activity was as follows:

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
         
Net cash used in operating activities  $(345,861)  $(589,078)
Net cash used in financing activities   -    (3,247,693)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  $(345,861)  $(3,836,771)

 

Cash Flows Used in Operating Activities

 

The net cash used in operating activities was approximately $0.3 million in 2016 compared to approximately $0.6 million in 2015. The change was primarily the result of lower operating expenses in 2016 and higher payments made in 2015 as a result of a reduction in accounts payable and accrued expenses in 2015.

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

 

There was no cash provided by or used in investing activities in 2016 and 2015.

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

 

There was no cash provided by or used in financing activities in 2016. Net cash used in financing activities in 2015 was approximately $3.2 million due principally to the return of capital to stockholders and the purchase of treasury stock in 2015.

 

Off-Balance-Sheet Transactions

 

We are not party to any off-balance-sheet transactions.

 

Contractual Commitments

 

We have no contractual commitments.

 

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Item 7A.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

We are a smaller reporting company, and therefore, we are not required to provide information required by this item.

 

Item 8.Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

Our financial statements and notes thereto are set forth in this annual report on Form 10-K on pages F-1 through F-11.

 

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: Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, we carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness and design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, at December 31, 2016, such disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

 

Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that the information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls: Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of our disclosure control system are met. Because of inherent limitation in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues, if any, within a company have been detected. Our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded, based on their evaluation as of the end of the period covered by this Report that our disclosure controls and procedures were sufficiently effective to provide reasonable assurance that the objectives of our disclosure control system were met.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting: There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting .

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting:

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Internal control over financial reporting is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act and is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, our Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers and effected by our Board, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that:

 

  · Pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of our assets;

 

  · Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and directors; and

 

  · Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

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Our management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016. In making this assessment our management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control - integrated Framework (2013).

 

Based on its evaluation, our management has concluded that, as of December 31, 2016, our internal control over financial reporting was effective.

 

We are a smaller reporting company and are exempt from the requirement for an attestation report on the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting by our registered public accounting firm.

 

Item 9B. Other Information

 

On March 28, 2017, we entered into an amended consulting services agreement (Amended 2016 Nano Agreement) with Nano-Cap Advisors LLC (Nano), of which Ailon Z. Grushkin, our Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, is the sole member. Pursuant to the terms of the Amended 2016 Nano Agreement, Nano will continue to provide management services and office space to the Company during 2017 for a fee of $35 thousand.

 

On March 28, 2017, we entered into an amended consulting services agreement (Amended Brack Agreement) with Brack Advisors LLC (Brack), a company owned by Richard A. Biele, one of our directors. Pursuant to the terms of the Amended Brack Agreement, Brack will continue to assist in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions for the Company during 2017 for a fee of $25 thousand.

 

The foregoing descriptions of the Amended 2016 Nano Agreement and Amended Brack Agreement are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of such agreements, attached hereto as Exhibit 10.3 and Exhibit 10.4, respectively.

 

On March 28 2017, in connection with its annual review of executive compensation, the Compensation Committee of the Board approved the following base salaries for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017:

 

Name  Position  Fiscal 2017 Base Salary 
Ailon Z. Grushkin  President and Chief Executive Officer  $35,000(1)
Mary E. Paetzold  Chief Financial Officer  $30,000(2)

 

(1)Represents a 50% decrease from Mr. Grushkin’s fiscal 2016 base salary of $70,000. Base salary to be paid to Nano pursuant to the terms of the Amended 2016 Nano Agreement.
(2)Represents a 50% decrease from Ms. Paetzold’s fiscal 2016 base salary of $60,000.

 

On March 28, 2017, the Board approved the following 2017 director fee:

 

Name  Position  Fiscal 2017 Director Fee 
Richard A. Biele  Director  $25,000(1)

 

(1)Represents a 50% decrease from Mr. Grushkin’s fiscal 2017 director fee of $50,000. Director fee to be paid to Brack pursuant to the terms of the Amended Brack Agreement.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance

 

Listed below are the names of the directors, executive officers and significant employees of the Company, their ages as of March 24, 2017 and positions held:

 

Name   Age   Position
         
Ailon Z. Grushkin   44   Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Secretary and Treasurer
Mary E. Paetzold   67   Chief Financial Officer
Fred Arena   62   Director
Richard A. Biele   47   Director

 

None of the Company’s directors or executive officers have been involved, in the past ten years and in a manner material to an evaluation of such director’s or officer’s ability or integrity to serve as a director or executive officer, in any of those “Certain Legal Proceedings” more fully detailed in Item 401(f) of Regulation S-K, which include but are not limited to, bankruptcies, criminal convictions and an adjudication finding that an individual violated federal or state securities laws.

 

Ailon Z. Grushkin has been our President and a Director since inception and a member of Specialty Metals Group Advisors LLC, our former manager through December 31, 2014. Currently, he is our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board under an arrangement with Nano-Cap Advisors LLC, of which he is the sole member. He is currently the Managing Member of the General Partner of a micro-cap focused hedge fund he founded in January 2000 and is also currently the Managing Member of a commodities based hedge fund he launched in January 2004. From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Grushkin was also the General Partner of the Nano-Cap Hyper Growth Partnership L.P., a hedge fund he founded in 1996. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Grushkin worked or interned at Merrill Lynch Futures Investment Partners (‘‘MLFIP’’), Thompson McKinnon Securities, Prudential Securities and Sumitomo Bank Ltd. At these firms, he held various positions including assistant commodity trader, commodity trading advisor analyst and assistant derivatives trader. Mr. Grushkin is qualified to serve on our Board because of his experience purchasing and taking delivery of minor physical metals for his own personal investment as well as his experience managing a fund dedicated to investing in commodities and equities linked to commodities. Mr. Grushkin is a graduate of the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.

 

Mary E Paetzold has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2011. Ms. Paetzold is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of experience with the audit, accounting, internal control and finance functions of public and private companies. From 2002 to 2017, Ms. Paetzold served as a director, chairman of the audit committee, and member of the compensation, nominating and governance committees for Immunomedics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. From 2003 to 2011, she served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Orthovita Inc., a publicly traded orthobiologics and biosurgery company that was acquired by Stryker Corporation in June 2011. From January 2008 to December 2008, she was an adjunct professor at the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. From 1994 through February 2000, she served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director (1996-1997) of Ecogen Inc, a publicly traded agricultural biotechnology company. From 1973 to 1994, Ms. Paetzold practiced with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP, predecessor to KPMG, LLP, serving as an audit partner from 1984 to 1994. Ms. Paetzold has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Montclair State University and received her certification from the New Jersey Board of Accountancy in 1977. She is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Independent Non-Employee Directors

 

Fred Arena has been a director since January 2008. Mr. Arena has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vision Properties since May 2013 and has been the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Vision Equities LLC since January 2006, both east coast commercial real estate owners and developers. In his career, he has developed or overseen the asset management of over 80 million square feet of office space. In May 2006, Mr. Arena was brought in by the board of directors of American Financial Realty Trust to create an asset and management division and to help market it for sale, which was consummated in April 2008. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Arena served as Regional Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate for one of the Goldman Sachs Whitehall Companies. From 1993 through 1999, Mr. Arena was Senior Vice President of Asset Management and General Manager for one of the most prestigious privately owned real estate companies in the northeast. Mr. Arena began his career with Hartz Mountain Industries in the 1980s managing a ten million square foot commercial office portfolio. Mr. Arena serves on the board of directors of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) New Jersey, and is a member of its Executive Board. He is also a member of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP). Mr. Arena is qualified to serve on our Board because of his extensive experience managing a portfolio of over ten million square feet of warehouse buildings in the northeast as well as founding an asset management company that oversaw the management of warehouses. This experience enables Mr. Arena to provide the board with important perspectives on business management and strategic planning. Mr. Arena received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Rutgers University.

 

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Richard A. Biele has been a director of our company since December 2015. Mr. Biele served as our Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and a Director from our inception through December 2013. Since 2005, Mr. Biele has been a Principal of Princeton Financial Partners, which owns and operates the Newtown, Pennsylvania branch of Andrew Garrett Inc., a full service boutique Broker Dealer based in New York, New York. The branch services both retail and institutional investors. In addition to being a Registered Representative in the branch, Mr. Biele has brought in investment banking clients and assists with the non-daily management of the branch. From 2005 to 2007, Princeton Financial Partners, operated as an affiliate of S.W. Bach & Company, a FINRA regulated securities firm, from 2005 to 2007. While at the firm, Mr. Biele continued to manage his brokerage business and began trading commodities for his personal account. From August 2001 through November 2005, Mr. Biele worked as a registered representative at Kirlin Securities. From January 1998 through August 2001, Mr. Biele worked at Princeton Securities where he established investment banking relationships with other broker dealers and managed his existing clientele’s assets. Mr. Biele’s 25 years of experience in brokerage, investment banking and mergers and acquisitions qualifies him to serve on our Board. Mr. Biele received his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Old Dominion University.

 

Board Composition

 

Our certificate of incorporation, as amended, and bylaws provide that the authorized number of directors may be changed only by resolution of the Board. We currently have three directors with each director serving a one-year term which will expire at our next annual meeting of stockholders. At each annual meeting of stockholders, the successors to the current directors will be elected to serve until the next annual meeting following the election.

 

Director Independence

 

Our Board has reviewed the materiality of any relationship that each of our directors has with us, either directly or indirectly. Based on this review, the Board has determined that Messrs. Arena and Biele are ‘‘independent directors’’ under the NASDAQ independence standards.

 

Meetings of the Board of Directors

 

In 2016, the Board did not meet. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and all committees of the board on which such director served. Directors are encouraged, but are not required, to attend our annual meeting of stockholders.

 

Board Committees

 

Our Board currently has three standing committees: Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, and a Compensation Committee, each of which is described below. All standing committees operate under charters that have been approved by the Board. Copies of the charters of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee can be found on our Internet site www.smg-indium.com.

 

Audit Committee. Our Audit Committee is composed of Fred Arena (Chairman) and Richard Biele. All members of our Audit Committee are independent as defined in the NASDAQ rules. In addition, the Board of Directors has determined that Fred Arena satisfies the SEC’s criteria for an “audit committee financial expert.” The Audit Committee met four times telephonically during 2016. Each committee member was present for at least 75% of the Audit Committee meetings held during such director’s tenure as a member of the Audit Committee. Our Audit Committee oversees our corporate accounting, financial reporting practices and the annual audit and quarterly reviews of the financial statements. For this purpose the Audit Committee has a charter (which is reviewed periodically) and performs several functions.

 

The Audit Committee’s primary functions are:

 

  assist the Board in monitoring the integrity of our financial statements;

 

  appoint and retain the independent registered public accounting firm to conduct the annual audit and quarterly reviews of our financial statements and review the firm’s independence;

 

  review the proposed scope and results of the audit and discuss required communications in connection with the audit;

 

  review and pre-approve the independent registered public accounting firm’s audit and non-audit services rendered;

 

  review accounting and financial controls with the independent registered public accounting firm and our financial and accounting staff;

 

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  meet regularly with the independent registered public accounting firm without management present;

 

  recognize and prevent prohibited non-audit services;

 

  establish procedures for complaints received by us regarding accounting matters;

 

  review, pass on the fairness of, and approve “related-party transactions” as required by and in conformance with the rules and regulations of Nasdaq or the SEC;

 

  establish procedures for the identification of management of potential conflicts of interest, and review and approve any transactions where such potential conflicts have been identified; and

 

  prepare the report of the audit committee that SEC rules require to be included in our annual meeting proxy statement.

 

Compensation Committee. Our Compensation Committee is composed of Fred Arena (Chairman) and Richard Biele. The Compensation Committee did not meet during 2016. The Compensation Committee reviews its charter periodically. Our Compensation Committee’s primary functions are:

 

  review and recommend the compensation arrangements for management, including the compensation for our Chief Executive Officer;

 

  establish and review general compensation policies with the objective to attract and retain superior talent, to reward individual performance and to achieve our financial goals;

 

  approve and oversee reimbursement policies for directors, executive officers and key employees;

 

  administer our stock incentive plan;

 

  review and discuss the compensation discussion and analysis prepared by management to be included in our annual report, proxy statement or any other applicable filings as required by the SEC; and

 

  prepare the report of the compensation committee that SEC rules require to be included in our annual meeting proxy statement.

 

Decisions regarding executive compensation are ultimately determined by the Board upon recommendations of the Compensation Committee, which reviews a number of factors in its decisions, including market information about the compensation of executive officers at similar-sized companies within our industry and geographic region, and recommendations from our Chief Executive Officer. The Compensation Committee may consult external compensation consultants to assist with the recommendation of executive compensation. The Compensation Committee did not utilize the services of an external compensation consultant in 2016.

 

Non-executive director compensation is determined by the entire Board after review and approval by the Compensation Committee. For further information regarding the 2016 director compensation program, please see “Director Compensation” below.

 

Nominating and Governance Committee. Our Nominating and Governance Committee is composed of Fred Arena (Chairman) and Richard Biele. The Nominating and Governance Committee did not meet in 2016. The Nominating and Governance Committee has a charter, which is reviewed periodically.

 

Our Nominating and Governance Committee’s primary functions are:

 

  identify the appropriate size, functioning and needs of and nominate members of the Board;

 

  develop and recommend to the board of directors a set of corporate governance principles applicable to our company and review at least annually our code of conduct and ethics;

 

  review and maintain oversight of matters relating to the independence of our board and committee member, in light of the independence standards of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market; and

 

  oversee the evaluation of the Board and management.

 

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The Nominating and Governance Committee recommends to the Board candidates for nomination to the Board. When considering individuals to recommend for nomination as directors, our Nominating and Governance Committee seeks persons who possess the following characteristics: integrity, education, commitment to the Board, business judgment, relevant business experience, diversity, reputation, and high performance standards. While the Board values a diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds, it does not have a formal policy regarding the consideration of diversity in identifying director nominees. The Nominating and Governance Committee may engage the services of third party search firms to assist in identifying and assessing the qualifications of director candidates. During 2016, the Nominating and Governance Committee did not pay any fees to third parties to assist in the identification of Director nominees.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider recommendations for director candidates from stockholders, provided that the stockholder submits the director nominee and reasonable supporting material concerning the nominee by the due date for a stockholder proposal to be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the applicable annual meeting as set forth in Section 2.14 of the Company’s Bylaws and the rules of the SEC then in effect.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider properly and timely submitted director candidates recommended by stockholders of the Company. Stockholders who wish to suggest qualified candidates for election to the Board should write to 10 Elmhurst Ave., Staten Island, New York 10301, Attn: Ailon Grushkin. These recommendations should include detailed biographical information concerning the nominee, his or her qualifications to be a member of the Board and a description of any relationship the nominee has to other stockholders of the Company. A written statement from the candidate consenting to be named as a candidate and, if nominated and elected, to serve as a director should accompany any such recommendation.

 

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight

 

Our Board evaluates its leadership structure and role in risk oversight on an ongoing basis. Currently, Ailon Grushkin serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. Our Board determines what leadership structure it deems appropriate based on factors such as the experience of the applicable individuals, the current business environment of the Company and other relevant factors. After considering these factors, our Board has determined that the role of Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, is an appropriate board leadership structure for our company at this time.

 

The Board is also responsible for oversight of our risk management practices, while management is responsible for the day-to-day risk management processes. This division of responsibilities is the most effective approach for addressing the risks facing the Company, and the Company’s board leadership structure supports this approach. Through our President, and other members of management, the Board receives periodic reports regarding the risks facing the Company. In addition, the Audit Committee assists the Board in its oversight role by receiving periodic reports regarding our risk and control environment.

 

Corporate Code of Conduct and Ethics

 

We have adopted a corporate Code of Conduct and Ethics which is reviewed annually. The text of our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which applies to our officers and each member of our Board, is posted in the “Corporate Governance” section of our website, www.smg-indium.com. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 10 of Form 8-K regarding any amendments to, or waiver from, a provision of our Code of Conduct and Ethics by posting such information on our Web site, www.smg-indium.com. A copy of our Code of Conduct and Ethics is also available in print; free of charge, upon written request to 176 LaGuardia Ave., Staten Island, New York 10314, Attn: Ailon Z. Grushkin.

 

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Item 11.Executive Compensation

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table shows the total compensation earned during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 to (1) our Chief Executive Officer, and (2) our other named executive officers during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 (collectively, the “named executive officers”):

 

 

Name and principal
position
  Year   Salary
($) (1) (2)
   Bonus
($)
   Stock
awards($) (3)
   Option
awards($) (3)
   Non-equity
incentive
plan
compensation
($)
   Non-qualified
deferred
compensation
earnings ($)
   All other
compensation
($) (2)
   Total ($) 
                                     
Ailon Z. Grushkin   2016    -    -    4,500    -    -    -    70,000    74,500 
Chief Executive Officer (1)   2015    -    -    -    -    -    -    90,000    90,000 
                                              
Mary E. Paetzold   2016    60,000    -    -    900    -    -    -    60,900 
Chief Financial   2015    60,000    -    -    5,350    -    -    -    65,350 
Officer (principal                                             
financial and                                             
accounting officer) (2)                                             

 

(1) In 2016 and 2015, management services were provided under an agreement with Nano-Cap Advisors LLC where Ailon Z. Grushkin is the sole member.
   
(2) The Company has an arrangement with Ms. Paetzold that provided for cash compensation of $60,000 per year. The Compensation Committee also approved a cash bonus of $25,000 during 2014, which was paid in January 2015. No bonus was awarded in 2015 or 2016.
   
(3) Share awards are valued at the fair value at the grant date. Stock options are valued at a fair value in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718. All options vest at the date of grant and are exercisable at the market value at the date of grant. For information regarding assumptions underlying the determination of grant date fair value of share and option awards in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, see note 2 of notes to financial statements included herein.

 

All compensation awarded to directors and executive officers are deliberated among, and approved by, the Compensation Committee and the Board.

 

Director Compensation

 

Director Compensation Table

 

The following table shows the compensation paid to our non-executive, independent directors for their Board service during the year ended December 31, 2016:

 

                   Change in         
    Fees                   Pension         
    Earned                   Value and         
    or               Non-Equity   Nonqualified         
    Paid in       Stock   Option   Incentive Plan   Deferred   All Other     
    Cash ($)       Awards   Awards   Compensation   Compensation   Compensation     
    (1)       ($) (2)       ($) (2)       ($)   Earnings ($)   ($)   Total ($) 
                             
Fred Arena   10,000    -    300    -    -    -    10,300 
Richard A. Biele   50,000    -    3,000    -    -    -    53,000 

 

(1)For further information, see "Cash Compensation of Directors” below.

 

(2)At December 31, 2016, the number of shares of our common stock underlying options held by each of our non-executive directors listed in the table above was as follows: Mr. Arena, 15,000, and Mr. Biele, 100,000. Mr. Arena was granted 5,000 options to purchase common stock prior to 2015. The remaining options were granted in 2016. See below under “Equity Compensation to Directors”

 

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Cash Compensation of Directors

 

Mr. Arena, one of our independent members of our Board is paid remuneration for his services as our Board may, from time to time, determine. In 2016, we paid such independent Board member a retainer of $10 thousand per year. In addition he may receive meeting fees of $1,000 per meeting attended in person (including committee meetings). We also reimburse Mr. Arena for out-of-pocket expenses for attending such meetings. Mr. Biele received no compensation as a director in 2015. In 2016, under a consulting agreement, Brack, a company owned by Mr. Biele, was paid $50 thousand.

 

Equity Compensation of Directors

 

Our independent directors are eligible to participate in our 2008 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan, as amended. In 2016, we granted fully-vested, five-year options to acquire 10,000 and 100,000 shares of our common stock at the market value per share on the date of grant to Mr. Arena and Mr. Biele, respectively.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2016 Year End

 

The table below presents outstanding unexercised options, unvested stock and equity incentive plan awards held by each of our executive officers as of December 31, 2016: 

 

   Option awards      Stock awards 
Name  Number of
securities
underlying
unexercised
options
exercisable
(#)
   Number of
securities
underlying
unexercised
options
unexercisable
(#)
   Equity
incentive 
plan
awards:
Number of
securities
underlying
unexercised
unearned
options (#)
   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
($)
 
                                    
Ailon
Grushkin (1)
   150,000    -    -    .24   5/11/21   -    -   -    - 
                                            
Mary Paetzold  (2)   2,500    -    -    3.40   4/01/17   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.70   7/01/17   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.63   10/01/17   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.45   1/01/18   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.58   3/31/18   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.85   6/30/18   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    3.29   9/30/18   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    1.78   1/01/19   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.18   3/31/19   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.13   6/30/19   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.16   9/30/19   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    1.89   1/01/20   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    2.00   3/31/20   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    1.80   6/30/20   -    -    -    - 
    5,000    -    -    1.81   9/30/20   -    -    -    - 
    30,000    -    -    .24   5/11/21   -    -    -    - 

 

(1) In 2016, Mr. Grushkin was granted five-year fully-vested options to purchase 150,000 shares of our common stock at $0.24 per share, the market price on the date of grant.

 

(2) Through December 31, 2015, we had an arrangement with Mary E. Paetzold that provided for quarterly five-year options to acquire 5,000 shares of common stock vesting at the date of grant and exercisable at the market value at the date of grant. Prior to June 2012, such arrangement provided for the quarterly grants of fully vested, five-year options to acquire 2,500 shares of common stock exercisable at the market value at the date of grant. In 2016, Ms. Paetzold was granted fully-vested five-year options to acquire 30,000 shares of our common stock at the market value on the date of grant.

 

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

 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of March 27, 2017 for: (i) each of our directors; (ii) each of our executive officers; (iii) all of our directors and executive officers as a group; and (iv) all persons, to our knowledge, are the beneficial owners of more than five percent (5%) of the outstanding shares of common stock. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC, and includes voting or investment power with respect to the securities.

 

Except as indicated in footnotes to this table, we believe each person named in this table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares of common stock set forth opposite such person’s name. Percentage ownership is based on 1,744,569 shares of common stock outstanding on March 27, 2017.

 

   Number of   Percentage of 
Name of Beneficial Owners (1)(2)  Shares   Common Stock 
5% Stockholders          
Raging Capital Management, LLC (9)   782,498    44.85%
Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd. (8)   782,498    44.85%
William Martin (7) (8) (9)   783,884    44.93%
AC Investment Management LLC (10)   160,951    9.23%
Executive Officers and Directors          
Ailon Z. Grushkin (5)   183,799    9.70%
Richard A. Biele (6)   115,795    6.28%
Mary E. Paetzold (3)   102,500    5.55%
Fred Arena (4)   15,000    0.85%
           
All officers and directors as a group (4 persons)(3)(4)(5)(6)   417,094    19.75%

  

  (1) Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each person is c/o SMG Indium Resources, Ltd.176 LaGuardia Ave., Staten Island, New York 10034.

 

  (2) Except as explicitly set forth in applicable footnotes, all information in this table, including the footnotes thereto, is derived from third party filings made with the SEC, as described in the footnotes. We have not independently verified such information. Unless otherwise indicated, all ownership is direct beneficial ownership.

 

  (3) Comprised of 102,500 shares that may be acquired upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock.

 

  (4) Comprised of15,000 shares that may be acquired upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock.

 

  (5) Includes 150,000 shares that may be acquired upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock. Includes 26,896 shares of common stock held by the AZG Tangible Assets Fund LLC and A.Z.G. Capital Corp. Profit Sharing Plan. Ailon Z. Grushkin is the Managing Member of the Managing Member of AZG Tangible Assets Fund LLC and retains 100% equity ownership in the Managing Member. Ailon Z. Grushkin is the sole beneficiary of A.Z.G. Capital Corp. Profit Sharing Plan.

 

  (6) Includes 100,000 shares that may be acquired upon the exercise of options to purchase common stock held by Richard A. Biele IRA.

 

  (7) Based on Schedule 13D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 4, 2016 by Raging Capital Master Fund, LTD (“Raging Group” includes 782,498 shares held by Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd. William C. Martin is the Managing Member of Raging Capital Management, LLC the General Partner of Raging Capital Master Fund , Ltd. William C. Martin retains 100% equity ownership in Raging Capital Management, LLC. Also includes 1,386 shares held by William C. Martin SEP IRA.

 

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  (8) Includes 782,498 shares held by Raging Capital Master Fund Ltd. Raging Capital Management, LLC is the General Partner of Raging Capital Master Fund Ltd. William C. Martin is the Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Member of Raging Capital Management, LLC.

 

  (9) RCM Indium, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, whose members include Raging Capital Fund (QP), LP and Raging Capital Management, LLC, whose sole member is William C. Martin. However, RCM Indium, LLC does not have any ownership rights to any common Stock owned by Mr. Martin.

 

  (10) Based on Schedule 13G/A filed with Securities and Exchange Commission on June 26, 2013 by AC Investment Management LLC, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2300, New York, NY 10019. Reflected amount includes our knowledge of the reporting person’s tender of shares of our common stock in connection with our Tender Offer consummated in December 2014.

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires that our directors, executive officers and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our common stock file with the SEC initial reports of their ownership of our common stock and reports of changes in such ownership.

 

Based solely upon a review of copies of Section 16(a) reports and representations received by us from reporting persons, and without conducting any independent investigation of our own, in year 2016, all of these filing requirements were satisfied.

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

The following table provides information with respect to our compensation plans under which equity compensation is authorized as of December 31, 2016.

 

Plan Category  Number of
securities to
be issued
upon
exercise of
outstanding
options
and
rights
   Weighted-average exercise
price of outstanding options
   Number of
securities
remaining
available
for
future issuance
under equity
compensation
plans
 
             
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders 2008 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan   1,000,000   $.73    377,500 
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders   -    -    - 
Total   1,000,000   $.73    377,500 

  

2008 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan

 

In 2008, our Board adopted and our stockholders approved the 2008 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan (“the Plan”). Under this plan, we may grant incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options restricted and unrestricted stock awards and other stock-based awards. The purpose of the Plan is to provide an incentive to attract directors, officers, consultants, advisors and employees whose services are considered valuable to encourage a sense of proprietorship and to stimulate an active interest of such person in our development and financial achievements. As amended in July 2010, a maximum of 1,000,000 shares of our common stock of which 845,000 shares are reserved for issuance, are authorized under the Plan. The Plan expires on January 31, 2018. Our Board has authorized our Compensation Committee to administer the Plan. In connection with the administration of the Plan, the Compensation Committee, with respect to awards to be made to any person who is not one of our directors, will:

 

determine which employees and other persons will be granted awards under the Plan;

 

grant the awards to those selected to participate;

 

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determine the exercise price for options; and

 

prescribe any limitations, restrictions and conditions upon any awards, including the vesting conditions of awards.

 

With respect to stock options or restricted stock awards to be made to any of our directors, the Compensation Committee will make recommendations to our Board as to:

 

which of such persons should be granted stock options, restricted stock awards, performance units or stock appreciation rights;
   
the terms of proposed grants of awards to those selected by our Board to participate;

 

the exercise price for options; and

 

any limitations, restrictions and conditions upon any awards.

 

Any grant of awards to any directors under the Plan must be approved by our Board. In addition, the Compensation Committee will:

 

interpret the Plan; and

 

make all other determinations and take all other action that may be necessary or advisable to implement and administer the Plan.

 

Our Board may amend the Plan at any time. However, without stockholder approval, the Plan may not be amended in a manner that would:

 

increase the number of shares that may be issued under the Plan;

 

materially modify the requirements for eligibility for participation in the Plan;

 

materially increase the benefits to participants provided by the Plan; or

 

otherwise disqualify the Plan for coverage under Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.

 

Awards previously granted under the Plan may not be impaired or affected by any amendment of the Plan, without the consent of the affected grantees.

 

Transferability

 

With the exception of Non-Qualified Stock Options, awards are not transferable other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. Non-Qualified Stock Options are transferable on a limited basis. Restricted stock awards are not transferable during the restriction period.

 

Change of Control Event

 

The Plan provides that in the event of a change of control the Board shall have the discretion to determine whether, and to what extent to, accelerate the vesting, exercise or payment of an Award.

 

Termination of Employment/Relationship

 

Awards granted under our thePlan that have not vested will generally terminate immediately upon the grantee’s termination of employment or business relationship with us or any of our subsidiaries for any reason other than retirement with our consent, disability or death. The Board or a committee of the Board may determine at the time of the grant that an award agreement should contain provisions permitting the grantee to exercise the stock options for any stated period after such termination, or for any period the Board or a committee of the Board determines to be advisable after the grantee’s employment or business relationship with us terminates by reason of retirement, disability, death or termination without cause. Incentive Stock Options will, however, terminate no more than three months after termination of the optionee’s employment, twelve months after termination of the optionee’s employment due to disability and three years after termination of the optionee’s employment due to death. The Board or a committee of the Board may permit a deceased optionee’s stock options to be exercised by the optionee’s executor or heirs during a period acceptable to the Board or a committee of the Board following the date of the optionee’s death but such exercise must occur prior to the expiration date of the stock option.

 

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Dilution; Substitution

 

As described above, the Plan will provide protection against substantial dilution or enlargement of the rights granted to holders of awards in the event of stock splits, recapitalizations, asset acquisitions, consolidations, reorganizations or similar transactions. New award rights may, but need not, be substituted for the awards granted under our the Plan, or our obligations with respect to awards outstanding under the Plan may, but need not, be assumed by another corporation in connection with any asset acquisition, consolidation, acquisition, separation, reorganization, sale or distribution of assets, liquidation or like occurrence in which we are involved. In the event that the Plan is assumed, the stock issuable with respect to awards previously granted under the Plan shall thereafter include the stock of the corporation granting such new option rights or assuming our obligations under the Plan.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

 

The following is a description of the transactions we have engaged in since January 1, 2016, with our directors and officers and beneficial owners of more than five percent of our voting securities and their affiliates:

 

In March 2015, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer resigned and Ailon Grushkin, our Chairman of the Board and President, was named Chief Executive Officer. In March 2015, we also entered into the Consulting Agreement with Nano (2015 Nano Agreement). Mr. Grushkin is the only member of Nano. Pursuant to the terms of the 2015 Nano Agreement, Nano provided us with services normally provided by a Chief Executive Officer, as determined and directed by us, and provided us with office facilities. We agreed to pay Nano $90 thousand during the year ended December 31, 2016 for such services. The term of the 2015 Nano Agreement continued until December 31, 2015. In January 2016, we entered into an agreement with Nano (the 2016 Nano Agreement) to perform the services indicated above during 2016 for an annual fee of $70,000. We have agreed to pay Nano $35 thousand in 2017 under the 2016 Nano Agreement, as amended in March 2017.

 

In January 2016, we entered into a consulting agreement with Brack Advisors LLC (Brack), a company owned by Richard A Biele, one of our Directors (Brack Agreement) that provided for the payment to of $50,000 in 2016 to assist us in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions including, but not limited to, the acquisition of a new line of business and or a reverse merger. We have agreed to pay Brack $25 thousand in 2017 under the Brack agreement, as amended in March 2017.

 

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

 

In March 2016, the Audit Committee of the Board approved the appointment of the firm of CohnReznick LLP (“CohnReznick”) to serve as our independent registered public accountant for the year ended December 31, 2016. The independent registered public accountant’s report of KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) on our financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2015 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. The Audit Committee may consider whether it is appropriate, either for this fiscal year or in the future, to consider the selection of other independent registered public accounting firms.

 

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Audit Fees. The following table summarizes fees payable for services provided to us by our independent registered public accounting firm, which were pre-approved by the Audit Committee:

 

   2016   2015 
         
Audit Fees (1):  $45,000   $60,000 
Audit-Related Fees:   -    - 
Tax Fees (2):   6,000    10,500 
All Other Fees:   -    - 
           
Total  $51,000   $70,500 

 

  (1) Audit fees include fees for professional services to CohnReznick in 2016 and KPMG in 2015 rendered for the audits of the financial statements of the Company, quarterly reviews, consents and assistance with the review of documents filed with the SEC.

 

  (2) Tax fees include fees for tax services, including tax compliance.

 

The Audit Committee of the Board has established its preapproval policies and procedures, pursuant to which the Audit Committee approves audit and tax services provided by our independent auditors. Consistent with the Audit Committee’s responsibility for engaging our independent auditors, all audit and permitted non-audit services require pre-approval by the Audit Committee. The full Audit Committee approves proposed fee estimates for these services. Pursuant to these procedures, the Audit Committee approved the foregoing audit and tax services provided by CohnReznick and KPMG.

 

Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

 

None.

 

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PART IV

 

  Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
     
  (a) Documents filed as part of this Report
     
(1) Financial Statements:

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm—CohnReznick LLP F-1
   
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm—KPMG LLP F-2
   
Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 F-3
   
Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 F-4
   
Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 F-5
   
Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 F-6
   
Notes to Financial Statements F-7

  

(2) Financial Statement Schedules. All schedules are omitted because they are inapplicable, or not required, or the information is shown in the financial statements or notes thereto.

 

(3) Exhibits:

 

Exhibit   Description
     
3.1   Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.5 to Amendment No. 4 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on December 15, 2010).
     
3.2   Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 28, 2014).
     
3.3   Amended and Restated Bylaws (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.6 to Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on March 10, 2011).
     
4.1   Specimen Unit Certificate (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on June 4, 2010).
     
4.2   Specimen Common Stock Certificate Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on June 4, 2010) .
     
4.3   Specimen Warrant Certificate (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on June 4, 2010).
     
10.1   Form of Unit Option Purchase Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.5 to Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on March 10, 2011).
     
10.2†   2008 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan(incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.6 to the Company’s Form S-1 filed on April 7, 2010).

 

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10.3+**   Consulting Services Agreement between the Company and Nano-Cap Advisor, LLC as amended on March 28, 2017.
     
 10.4+**   Consulting Services Agreement between the Company and Brack Advisors LLC as amended on March 28, 2017.
     
31.1**   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
31.2**   Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.1x*   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.2x*   Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
99.1   Amended and Restated Audit Committee Charter (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2012).
     
99.2   Amended and Restated Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Charter (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2012).
     
99.3   Amended and Restated Compensation Committee Charter (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2012).
     
101.ins**   XBRL Instance Document
     
101.sch**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
     
101.cal**   XBRL Taxonomy Calculation Linkbase Document
     
101.def**   XBRL Taxonomy Definition Linkbase Document
     
101.lab**   XBRL Taxonomy Label Linkbase Document
     
101.pre**   XBRL Taxonomy Presentation Linkbase Document

 

x* Filed herwith. A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.
   
** Filed herewith.
   

Portions of this exhibit were omitted and filed separately with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to an application for confidential treatment filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 24b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

 +  Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement of the Company required to be filed as an exhibit.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.
   
Date: March 30, 2017 By: /s/ Ailon Z. Grushkin
    Ailon Z. Grushkin
    President and Chief Executive Officer 

 

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.

 

Name   Position   Date
         
/s/ Ailon Z. Grushkin   Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer   March 30, 2017
Ailon Z. Grushkin   (Principal Executive Officer)    
         
/s/ Mary E. Paetzold   Chief Financial Officer   March 30 , 2017
 Mary E. Paetzold   (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)    
         
/s/ Fred Arena   Director   March 30, 2017
 Fred Arena        
         
/s/ Richard A. Biele   Director   March 30, 2017
 Richard Biele        

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

SMG Indium Resources Ltd.

 

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of SMG Indium Resources Ltd. as of December 31, 2016, and the related statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of SMG Indium Resources Ltd. as of December 31, 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

/s/ CohnReznick LLP  
   
Roseland, New Jersey  
March 30, 2017  
   

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

SMG Indium Resources Ltd.:

 

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of SMG Indium Resources Ltd. as of December 31, 2015 and the related statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit 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. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of SMG Indium Resources Ltd. as of December 31, 2015, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

/s/ KPMG LLP  
Short Hills, New Jersey  
March 28, 2016  

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

BALANCE SHEETS

 

   December 31,  
   2016   2015 
ASSETS          
           
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $614,490   $960,351 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   18,678    43,064 
Total Assets  $633,168   $1,003,415 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $80,565   $73,180 
Total Liabilities   80,565    73,180 
           
Commitments and Contingencies          
           
Stockholders' Equity:          
Preferred stock - $0.001 par value: authorized 1,000,000 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015; issued and outstanding none at December 31, 2016 and 2015   -    - 
Common stock - $0.001 par value: authorized 25,000,000 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015; issued 1,883,639 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015; and  outstanding 1,744,569 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015   1,884    1,884 
Additional paid-in capital   7,279,464    7,270,764 
Accumulated deficit   (6,534,047)   (6,147,715)
Less treasury stock at cost: 139,070 shares at December 31, 2016 and 2015   (194,698)   (194,698)
Total Stockholders' Equity   552,603    930,235 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $633,168   $1,003,415 

 

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

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
         
Operating costs:          
Operating expenses - related parties  $120,000   $90,000 
Other general and administrative expenses   267,146    378,336 
Total operating costs   387,146    468,336 
           
Operating loss   (387,146)   (468,336)
           
Other income:          
Interest income   814    7,434 
Net loss  $(386,332)  $(460,902)
           
Net Loss Per Share          
Basic and diluted  $(0.22)  $(0.25)
           
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding          
Basic  and diluted   1,744,569    1,846,300 

 

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

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

           Additional           Total 
   Common Stock   Paid-In   Accumulated   Treasury   Stockholders' 
   Shares   Value   Capital   Deficit   Stock   Equity 
Balance at December 31, 2014   1,883,639   $1,884   $10,318,409   $(5,686,813)  $-   $4,633,480 
Awards of stock options   -    -    5,350    -    -    5,350 
Purchase of 139,070 treasury shares   -    -    -    -    (194,698)   (194,698)
Cash distributions to stockholders   -    -    (3,052,995)   -    -    (3,052,995)
Net loss   -    -    -    (460,902)   -    (460,902)
Balance at December 31, 2015   1,883,639    1,884    7,270,764    (6,147,715)   (194,698)   930,235 
Awards of stock options   -    -    8,700    -    -    8,700 
Net loss   -    -    -    (386,332)   -    (386,332)
Balance at December 31, 2016   1,883,639   $1,884   $7,279,464   $(6,534,047)  $(194,698)  $552,603 

 

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

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
         
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net loss  $(386,332)  $(460,902)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
Share-based compensation   8,700    5,350 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Decrease  (increase) in prepaid expenses and other current assets   24,386    (17,448)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses   7,385    (116,078)
Net cash used in operating activities   (345,861)   (589,078)
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Cash distribution to stockholders   -    (3,052,995)
Purchase of treasury stock   -    (194,698)
Net cash used in financing activities   -    (3,247,693)
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (345,861)   (3,836,771)
Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period   960,351    4,797,122 
Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period  $614,490   $960,351 
           
Supplemental cash flow disclosure - cash paid for income taxes  $-   $85,867 

  

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

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 1 — Organization and Nature of Business

 

Organization and Nature of Business

 

SMG Indium Resources Ltd. (the “Company”) is a corporation established pursuant to the laws of the State of Delaware on January 7, 2008. From inception, the Company operated in a single-segment business whose primary business purpose was to stockpile indium, a specialty metal that is being increasingly used as a raw material in a wide variety of consumer electronics manufacturing applications. As of December 31, 2014, the Company sold all of the indium held in its stockpile. As a result, the Company is no longer in the business of purchasing and selling indium. The Company’s board of directors has begun evaluating strategic options including the acquisition of a new line of business or the sale or full liquidation of the Company. In connection therewith, the Company engaged Brack Advisors LLC (Brack), a company owned by Richard A. Biele, one of the Company’s directors, to assist in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions. The Company paid Brack $50 thousand in 2016 for these services. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will enter into any such transaction, and if so, on terms favorable.

 

In December 2015, the Company's board of directors approved a cash distribution to stockholders in the amount of $1.75 per common share (or approximately $3.05 million). The distribution was a return of capital for tax purposes. The aggregate cash distribution was recorded against additional paid-in capital for accounting purposes. During the third quarter of 2015, the Company’s board of directors approved a program to repurchase up to $650 thousand of the Company’s common stock. In connection therewith, the Company repurchased 139,070 shares of our common stock in September 2015 for approximately $0.2 million, or $1.40 per share. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, 1,744,569 shares of common stock were outstanding.

 

In 2015, management services were provided under an agreement (2015 Nano Agreement) with Nano-Cap Advisors LLC (Nano) in which Ailon Z. Grushkin, chairman of our board of directors, president and chief executive officer, is the sole shareholder. Under the arrangement, which was approved by our board of directors, the Company agreed to pay Nano $90 thousand in 2015 to provide management services and office space. During the first quarter of 2016, the Company entered into an agreement (2016 Nano Agreement) with Nano under which Nano will continue to provide such services in 2016 for a fee of $70 thousand. The Company has agreed to pay Nano $35 thousand in 2017 under the 2016 Nano Agreement, as amended (Amended 2016 Nano Agreement). 

 

The Company’s expenses will be required to be satisfied by cash on hand at December 31, 2016 of approximately $0.6 million. Cash on hand is expected to be sufficient to satisfy our estimated expenses of approximately $0.3 million through March 31, 2018. The Company may seek to raise additional capital to cover its corporate strategies through potentially dilutive equity offerings or debt financing.

 

Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect 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 revenue and expenses during the reporting period. The most significant estimates relate to share-based compensation and income taxes. Actual results could differ from those estimates under different assumptions and conditions.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid instruments with original maturities of 90 days or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents.

 

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per Share

 

The Company presents both basic and diluted net loss per share on the face of the statements of operations. Basic net loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted per share calculations give effect to all potentially dilutive shares of common stock outstanding during the period, including stock options and warrants, and using the treasury-stock method. If anti-dilutive, the effect of potentially dilutive shares of common stock is ignored. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, 377,500 and 7,318,700, respectively, potentially issuable shares of common stock have been excluded from the calculation because their effect would be antidilutive due to the Company’s net loss.

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD. 
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies – (continued)

 

Income Taxes

 

Income taxes are accounted under the asset-and-liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to the differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and the respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. The portion of any deferred tax asset for which it is more likely than not that a tax benefit will not be realized must then be offset by recording a valuation allowance. A valuation allowance has been established against all of the deferred tax assets, as it is more likely than not that these assets will not be realized given the Company’s expected operating losses. The Company recognizes the effect of income tax positions only if those positions are more likely than not of being sustained. Recognized income tax positions are measured at the largest amount that is greater than 50% likely of being realized. Changes in recognition or measurement are reflected in the period in which the change in judgement occurs. The Company recognizes potential interest and penalties, if any, related to income tax positions as a component of the provision for income taxes on the statements of operations.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, no income taxes were recorded due to the Company’s losses.

 

Share-Based Payment Arrangements

 

The Company measures the cost of employee services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments (share-based payments, or SBP) based on the grant-date fair value of the award. That cost is recognized over the period during which an employee is required to provide service in exchange for the SBP award—the requisite service period (vesting period). For SBP awards subject to conditions, compensation is not recognized until the performance condition is probable of occurrence. The grant-date fair value of share options is estimated using the Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing model. Compensation expense for SBP awards granted to nonemployees is remeasured each period as the underlying options vest. The Company recorded non-cash charges for SBP of approximately $9 thousand and $5 thousand for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

The fair value of each option granted during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing model with the weighted average assumptions in the following table:

 

   Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Expected dividend yield   0%   0%
Expected option term (years)   5    5 
Expected volatility   13%   13%
Risk-free interest rate   1.22%   1.32-1.71%

 

The expected term of options granted represents the period of time that options granted are expected to be outstanding. The expected volatility was based on the volatility in the trading of the Company’s common stock. The assumed discount rate was the default risk-free five-year interest rate provided by Bloomberg L.P.

 

Concentration of Market Risk

 

The Company maintains cash deposits with banks that at times exceed applicable Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation limits. The Company reduces its exposure to credit risk by maintaining such deposits with high-quality financial institutions. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts. At December 31, 2016, the Company had cash on deposit of approximately $364 thousand in excess of federally insured limits of $250 thousand.

 

Fair Value

 

The Company utilizes valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs to the extent possible. The Company determines fair value based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability in the principal or most advantageous market. For cash and cash equivalents and accounts payable, the carrying amounts approximated the fair values because of the immediate or short-term nature of those instruments.

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD. 
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies – (continued)

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements-Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, which provides guidance on determining when and how reporting entities must disclose going-concern uncertainties in their financial statements. The new standard requires management to perform interim and annual assessments of an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year of the date of issuance of the entity’s financial statements (or within one year after the date on which the financial statements are available to be issued, when applicable). Further, an entity must provide certain disclosures if there is “substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern.” This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016, and for annual periods and interim periods thereafter, with early adoption permitted. The Company has adopted this standard which has not had a material impact on its financial statements.

 

Note 3 — Stockholders’ Equity

 

Preferred Stock

 

The Company is authorized to issue 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock with such designations, voting and other rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the board of directors. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, there were no outstanding preferred shares. Majority of the Company’s independent directors that do not have an interest in the transaction shall approve any offering of preferred stock and have access, at the Company’s expense, to its counsel or independent counsel. Any document relating to an offering of preferred stock by the Company will disclose whether the dividends on the preferred stock are cumulative, the risk of failure to declare or pay dividends on the preferred stock and the equity characteristics of any convertible preferred stock being offered to investors.

 

Common Stock

 

In December 2015, the Company's board of directors approved a cash distribution to stockholders in the amount of $1.75 per common share (or approximately $3.05 million). The distribution was classified as a return of capital for tax purposes. The aggregate cash distribution was recorded against additional paid-in capital for accounting purposes.

 

During the third quarter of 2015, the Company’s board of directors approved a program to repurchase up to $650 thousand of our common stock through December 31, 2016. In connection therewith, the Company bought back 139,070 shares of its common stock in September 2015 for approximately $0.2 million, or $1.40 per share. The cost of such shares has been recorded as treasury stock in the accompanying balance sheets. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, 1,744,569 shares of the Company’s common stock were outstanding.  

 

Equity Compensation Plan

 

Under the Company’s 2008 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan), the Company may grant incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, restricted and unrestricted stock awards and other stock-based awards. Pursuant to the Plan, 1,000,000 shares of common stock are reserved for issuance under the Plan. Options are granted with exercise prices equal to or greater than the fair value of the common stock on the date of grant. The terms of the options are approved by the Company’s board of directors or one of its committees. Options granted to date have vested immediately and expire in five years. At December 31, 2016, there were 622,500 options available under the Plan for future grants.

  

Stock Options

 

Summary stock option information is as follows:

 

               Weighted 
   Aggregate   Aggregate   Exercise Price   Average 
   Number   Exercise Price   Range   Exercise Price 
Outstanding, December 31, 2015   564,999   $2,588,693   $ 1.78-7.50    $4.58 
Granted   290,000    69,600   $0.24   $0.24 
Exercised   -    -    -    - 
Cancelled, Forfeited or Expired   (477,499)   (2,381,143)  $ 3.55-7.50    $4.99 
Outstanding, December 31, 2016   377,500   $277,150   $ 0.24-3.40    $0.73 

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD. 
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 3 — Stockholders’ Equity – (continued)

 

The weighted average grant-date fair value was $0.03 and $0.27 for options granted during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The weighted average remaining contractual life is approximately 4 years for stock options outstanding at December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, there was $9 thousand and $0 thousand, respectively, in intrinsic value of outstanding stock options.

 

Note 4 — Related Party Transactions

 

In March 2015, the Company’s chief executive officer and chief operating officer resigned and Ailon Grushkin, the Company’s chairman of the board of directors and president, was named chief executive officer. In March 2015, the Company also entered into the 2015 Nano Agreement. Mr. Grushkin is the only member of Nano. Pursuant to the terms of the 2015 Nano Agreement, Nano provided services normally provided by a chief executive officer of the Company, as determined and directed by the Company, and provided office facilities for the Company for a fee of $90 thousand. In January 2016, the Company entered into the 2016 Nano Agreement under which Nano performed the services indicated above for an annual fee of $70 thousand in 2016.

 

In January 2016, the Company entered into a consulting agreement with Brack (the Brack Agreement), under which the Company paid $50 thousand in 2016. Pursuant to the terms of the Brack Agreement, Richard A. Biele is to assist the Company in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions including but not limited to the acquisition of a new line of business and/or a reverse merger. There was no such payment in 2015.

 

The Company paid a relative of one of its directors $20 thousand to perform outsourced secretarial services for the Company in each of the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

Note 5 — Income Taxes

 

The components of income taxes are as follows, in thousands:

 

   Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Current  $-   $- 
Deferred   (141)   164 
Valuation allowance   141   (164)
Income tax expense  $-   $- 

 

Reconciliation between the provision for income taxes, computed by applying the statutory federal income tax rate of 34% to net income before income taxes, and the actual income tax expense follows:

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Federal income tax provision at statutory rates   34.0%   34.0%
State income tax, net of federal benefit   1.2%   1.2%
Change in valuation allowance   (35.1)%   (35.1)%
Other   (0.1)%   (0.1)%
Effective tax rate   0%   0%

 

Components of deferred tax asset are as follows, in thousands:

 

   December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Deferred tax assets:          
Net operating tax loss carryforwards   1,137   $1,281 
Expenses not currently deductible   82    79 
Total   1,219    1,360 
Valuation allowance   (1,219)   (1360)
Net deferred taxes  $-   $- 

 

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SMG INDIUM RESOURCES LTD.

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 5 — Income Taxes – (continued)

 

A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The valuation allowances for 2016 and 2015 have been applied to offset the deferred tax assets in recognition of the uncertainty that such tax benefits will be realized as the Company expects to incur losses for the foreseeable future. The differences between book income and tax income relate principally to revenue recognition and stock compensation expenses. At December 31, 2016, the Company has available net operating loss carryforwards for federal and state income tax reporting purposes of approximately $3.2 million. The federal and state net operating loss carryforwards begin to expire in 2027. Pursuant to Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, the annual utilization of a company’s net operating loss may be limited if the company experiences a change in ownership of more than 50 percentage points within a three-year period. As a result of certain financing equity transactions, the Company may have experienced such ownership changes. Accordingly, the Company’s net operating loss carryforwards available to offset future federal taxable income arising before such ownership changes may be limited.

 

At December 31, 2016, the Company did not have any unrecognized tax benefits. All of the Company’s federal and state income tax returns, beginning in 2013, are subject to audit for those tax years.

 

Note 6 — Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses consist of the following, in thousands:

 

   December 31, 
   2016   2015 
Accrued professional services   41    36 
Tax accrual   38    35 
Other   2    2 
   $81   $73 

 

Note 7 — Commitments and Contingencies

 

Consulting Fees

 

In 2017, the Company is required to pay a fee to Nano, a related party, of $35 thousand, $25 thousand to Brack for services to be performed by Mr. Biele, a director of the Company, and $10 thousand to a relative of a director for secretarial services in 2017.

 

Compensation

 

The Company has an arrangement with its chief financial officer for base compensation of $30 thousand in 2017. The compensation committee of the board of directors has approved the payment of $10 thousand per year and $1 thousand for each meeting attended in person to the nonexecutive board member who is not compensated under another agreement with the Company.

 

Note 8 — Subsequent Events

 

The Company evaluates events that have occurred after the balance sheet date but before the financial statements are issued. Based upon the evaluation, the Company did not identify any recognized or unrecognized subsequent events that have required adjustment or disclosure in the financial statements except as stated below:

 

 In March 2017, we entered into an amended consulting agreement (Amended 2016 Nano Agreement) with Nano, a related party (see note 4), Pursuant to the terms of the Amended 2016 Nano Agreement, Nano will continue to provide management services and office space to the Company during 2017 for a fee of $35 thousand.

 

In March 2017, we entered into an amended consulting agreement (Amended Brack Agreement) with Brack, a related party (see note 4). Pursuant to the terms of the Amended Brack Agreement, Brack will continue to assist in identifying, evaluating and negotiating strategic transactions for the Company during 2017 for a fee of $25 thousand.

 

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