This Warrant Agreement involves
Title: EXHIBIT 10.1 COMMON STOCK AND WARRANT PURCHASE AGREEMENT
Governing Law: Delaware Date: 12/8/2006
Industry: Misc. Fabricated Products Law Firm: Akerman Senterfitt Sector: Basic Materials
COMMON STOCK AND WARRANT PURCHASE AGREEMENT
THIS COMMON STOCK AND WARRANT PURCHASE AGREEMENT (the " Agreement ") is entered into as of December 7, 2006, by and among SUPER VISION INTERNATIONAL, INC., a Delaware corporation (the " Company "), with its principal executive offices located at 8210 Presidents Drive, Orlando, Florida 32809, and the purchasers (collectively, the " Purchasers " and each a " Purchaser ") set forth on Schedule 1 hereof, with regard to the following:
A. The Company and Purchasers are executing and delivering this Agreement in reliance upon the exemption from securities registration afforded by the provisions of Regulation D (" Regulation D "), as promulgated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the " SEC ") under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the " Securities Act ").
B. The Purchasers desire to (a) purchase, upon the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement, shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, $.001 par value (the " Class A Common Stock ") and (b) purchase, upon the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement, the Class A Common Stock Purchase Warrants (the " Warrants ") to purchase shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, in the forms attached hereto as Exhibit A and Exhibit B (the " Base Warrants " and the " Additional Warrants ," respectively, and collectively, the " Warrants" ). The shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon exercise of or otherwise pursuant to the Warrants are referred to herein as the " Warrant Shares ." The Class A Common Class, the Warrants and the Warrant Shares are collectively referred to herein as the " Securities ".
C. Contemporaneously with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the parties hereto are executing and delivering a Registration Rights Agreement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit C (the " Registration Rights Agreement ," and collectively with this Agreement, the Warrants and any other documents or agreements executed in connection with the transactions contemplated hereunder, the " Transaction Documents "), pursuant to which the Company has agreed to provide certain registration rights under the Securities Act, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and applicable state securities laws.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of their respective promises contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and Purchasers hereby agree as follows:
PURCHASE AND SALE OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK AND WARRANTS
1.1 Purchase of Class A Common Stock and Warrants . Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the issuance, sale and purchase of the Class A Common Stock and Warrants shall be consummated in a " Closing ." The purchase price (the " Purchase Price ") per Unit shall be equal to the product obtained by multiplying (a) 100, by (b) the closing bid price of the Class A Common Stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market on the last trading day immediately preceding the Closing Date (provided that if the Closing occurs after 4:00 PM Eastern Time on a trading day, then the price shall be the closing bid price of the Class A Common Stock on the Closing Date) and adding $.11 to the result. The Company shall not sell Units having an aggregate Purchase Price of more than NINE MILLION DOLLARS ($9,000,000). Each " Unit " will consist of (a) one hundred (100) shares of Class A Common Stock, (b) a Base Warrant for the purchase of 60 Warrant Shares at an exercise price per share of 1% of the Purchase Price, with a term of five (5) years and (c) an Additional Warrant for the purchase of Warrant Shares at an exercise price of $3.00 per Warrant Share. The number of shares for which the Additional Warrant will be exercisable is set forth in the following table:
Purchase Price of the Unit
On the date of the Closing, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in ARTICLES VI and VII hereof, the Company shall issue and sell to each Purchaser, and each Purchaser severally agrees to purchase from the Company, the number of shares of Class A Common Stock, a Base Warrant to purchase the number of Warrant Shares and an Additional Warrant to the purchase the number of Warrant Shares as set forth opposite such Purchaser’s name on Schedule 1 hereto. Each Purchaser’s obligation to purchase Class A Common Stock and Warrants hereunder is distinct and separate from each other Purchaser’s obligation to purchase, and no Purchaser shall be required to purchase hereunder more than the number of shares of Class A Common Stock and Warrants set forth on Schedule 1 hereto. The obligations of the Company with respect to each Purchaser shall be separate from the obligations of each other Purchaser and shall not be conditioned as to any Purchaser upon the performance of obligations of any other Purchaser. The Purchase Price will be paid into Escrow pursuant to an Escrow Agreement between the Company and RBC Centura Bank, as escrow agent (the "Escrow Agreement").
1.2. Closing Fee . The Purchaser acknowledges that the Company has engaged Great American Investors, Inc. as the exclusive placement agent (the " Placement Agent ") in connection with the offering of the Units (the " Offering ") and, as consideration for its services, has agreed to pay to the Placement Agent at the Closing a cash commission equal to seven percent (7%) of the gross proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Units in the Offering and to issue to the Placement Agent and/or its designees a Base Warrant (the " Placement Agent Warrant ") to purchase that number of shares of Class A Common Stock equal to eight percent (8%) of the quotient obtained by dividing (a) the aggregate gross proceeds received by the Company from the sale of the Units, by (b) the exercise price of the Base Warrants issued to Purchasers hereunder. The Placement Agent Warrant will have the same terms and conditions as the Base Warrants issued to the Purchasers hereunder. At or before the Closing, the Company will also reimburse the Placement Agent for all expenses incurred by such Placement Agent, subject to any limitations set forth in any agreements between the Company and the Placement Agent. The Company hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Placement Agent and its officers, directors, employees, agents and shareholders, individually and collectively (" Placement Agent Indemnified Person(s) ") from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and reasonable expenses incurred by any Placement Agent Indemnified Person (including reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel) which are related to or arising out of: (i) any untrue statement of any material fact made by the Company; or (ii) any omission of material fact necessary to make any statement not misleading, made by the Company. The Company will not however, be responsible for any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses, which resulted directly or indirectly from the Placement Agent’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.
1.3 Closing Date . Subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of the conditions set forth in ARTICLES VI and VII below, the date and time of the issuance, sale and purchase of the Class A Common Stock and Warrants pursuant to this Agreement shall be on or before 5:00 p.m. Orlando, Florida time, on December 7, 2006.
PURCHASER’S REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Each Purchaser represents and warrants to the Company, as of the date hereof and as of the Closing, severally and not jointly, with respect to itself and its purchase hereunder and not with respect to any other Purchaser or the purchase hereunder by any other Purchaser, that the following statements are true and correct:
2.1 Investment Purpose . Purchaser is purchasing the Class A Common Stock and the Warrants for Purchaser’s own account for investment only and
not with a view toward or in connection with the public sale or distribution thereof. Purchaser will not, directly or indirectly, offer, sell, pledge or otherwise transfer its Class A Common Stock, Warrants or Warrant Shares or any interest therein, except pursuant to transactions that are exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and/or sales registered under the Securities Act. Purchaser understands that Purchaser must bear the economic risk of this investment indefinitely, unless the Securities are registered pursuant to the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available, and that the Company has no present intention of registering any such Securities other than as contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement.
2.2 Accredited Investor Status . Purchaser is an "accredited investor" as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D.
2.3 Reliance on Exemptions . Purchaser understands that the Securities are being offered and sold to Purchaser in reliance upon specific exemptions from the registration requirements of United States federal and state securities laws and that the Company is relying upon the truth and accuracy of, and Purchaser’s compliance with, the representations, warranties, agreements, acknowledgments and understandings of Purchaser set forth herein in order to determine the availability of such exemptions and the eligibility of Purchaser to acquire the Class A Common Stock and Warrants.
2.4 Information . The Company has made available to the Purchaser the documents publicly filed by the Company with the SEC (such documents collectively, the " SEC Documents "). Purchaser has been afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the Company, was permitted to meet with the Company’s officers and has received what the Purchaser believes to be complete and satisfactory answers to any such inquiries. Except for the SEC Documents and the answers received by Purchaser as a result of inquiries made by Purchaser to Company officers, and except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Purchaser is not relying upon any information, representations or warranties of any other party. Neither such inquiries nor any other due diligence investigation conducted by Purchaser or any of its representations shall modify, amend or affect Purchaser’s right to rely on the Company’s representations and warranties contained in ARTICLE III. Purchaser understands that Purchaser’s investment in the Securities involves a high degree of risk, including, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties disclosed in the SEC Documents.
2.5 Governmental Review . Purchaser understands that no United States federal or state agency or any other government or governmental agency has passed upon or made any recommendation or endorsement of the Securities.
2.6 Transfer or Resale . Purchaser understands that (i) except as provided in the Registration Rights Agreement, the Securities have not been and are not being registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold, pledged or otherwise transferred unless subsequently registered thereunder or an exemption from such registration is available (which exemption the Company expressly agrees may be established as contemplated in clauses (b) and (c) of Section 5.1
hereof); (ii) any sale of such Securities made in reliance on Rule 144 under the Securities Act (or a successor rule) (" Rule 144 ") may be made only in accordance with the terms of Rule 144 and further, if Rule 144 is not applicable, any resale of such Securities without registration under the Securities Act under circumstances in which the seller may be deemed to be an underwriter (as that term is defined in the Securities Act) may require compliance with some other exemption under the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the SEC thereunder in order for such resale to be allowed, (iii) the Company is under no obligation to register such Securities under the Securities Act or any state securities laws or to comply with the terms and conditions of any exemption thereunder (in each case, other than pursuant to this Agreement or the Registration Rights Agreement) and (iv) the Company has agreed to register the Class A Common Stock and Warrant Shares as provided in the Registration Rights Agreement.
2.7 Legends . Purchaser understands that, subject to ARTICLE V hereof, the certificates for the Class A Common Stock and Warrants, and, if the Warrants are exercised the certificates for the Warrant Shares, until such time as the Class A Common Stock and the Warrant Shares have been registered under the Securities Act as contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement or otherwise may be sold by Purchaser pursuant to Rule 144 (subject to and in accordance with the procedures specified in ARTICLE V hereof), will bear a restrictive legend (the " Legend "), which will include language in substantially the following form:
THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED HEREBY MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR THE SECURITIES UNDER APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS OR UNLESS OFFERED, SOLD OR TRANSFERRED PURSUANT TO AN AVAILABLE EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THOSE LAWS.
2.8 Authorization; Enforcement . This Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement have been duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered on behalf of Purchaser and are valid and binding agreements of Purchaser enforceable in accordance with their respective terms, except to the extent that such validity or enforceability may be subject to or affected by any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation or similar laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights or remedies of creditors generally, or by other equitable principles of general application.
2.9 Residency . Purchaser is a resident of the jurisdiction set forth under Purchaser’s name on the signature page hereto executed by Purchaser.
2.10 Short Sales and Confidentiality Prior To the Date Hereof . Other than the transaction contemplated hereunder, such Purchaser has not directly or indirectly, nor has any Person acting on behalf of or pursuant to any understanding with
such Purchaser, executed any disposition, including short sales, in the securities of the Company during the period commencing from the time that such Purchaser first received a term sheet (written or oral) from the Company or any other person setting forth the material terms of the transactions contemplated hereunder until the date hereof. Other than to other parties to this Agreement, such Purchaser has maintained the confidentiality of all disclosures made to it in connection with this transaction (including the existence and terms of this transaction).
2.11 General Solicitation . No Purchaser is purchasing the Securities as a result of any advertisement, article, notice or other communication regarding the Securities published in any newspaper, magazine or similar media or broadcast over television or radio or presented at any seminar or any other general solicitation or general advertisement.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY
The Company represents and warrants to each Purchaser as of the date hereof and as of the Closing that the following statements are true and correct, except as set forth on the disclosure schedules indicated below and attached hereto (the " Company Disclosure Schedules ") and except as disclosed in the SEC Documents.
3.1 Organization and Qualification . The Company has no subsidiaries. The Company is a corporation duly organized and existing in good standing under the laws of the state of Delaware and has the requisite corporate power to own its properties and to carry on its business as now being conducted. The Company is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to do business and is in good standing in every jurisdiction where the failure so to qualify or be in good standing could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. " Material Adverse Effect " means any effect which, individually or in the aggregate with all other effects, reasonably would be expected to be materially adverse to the business, operations, properties, financial condition, operating results or prospects of the Company taken as a whole, or on the transactions contemplated hereby.
3.2 Authorization; Enforcement . (a) The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to enter into and perform under the Transaction Documents, and to issue, sell and perform its obligations with respect to the Securities in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Securities; (b) the execution, delivery and performance of the Transaction Documents by the Company and the consummation by it of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby (including, without limitation, the issuance of the Class A Common Stock and the Warrants, and the reservation for issuance of the Warrant Shares) have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and no further consent or authorization of the Company, its board of directors, or its stockholders or any other Person is required with respect to any of the transactions contemplated hereby or
thereby except with respect to the Exchange (as defined below); (c) this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Class A Common Stock, and the Warrants have been duly executed and delivered by the Company; and (d) this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Class A Common Stock, and the Warrants constitute legal, valid and binding obligations of the Company enforceable against the Company in accordance with their respective terms, except (i) to the extent that such validity or enforceability may be subject to or affected by any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation or similar laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights or remedies of creditors generally, or by other equitable principles of general application, and (ii) as rights to indemnity and contribution under this Agreement or the Registration Rights Agreement may be limited by federal or state securities laws. " Person " means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, corporation, entity or government (whether federal, state, county, city or otherwise, including, without limitation, any instrumentality, division, agency or department thereof).
3.3 Capitalization . The capitalization of the Company as of November 15, 2006 including the authorized capital stock, the number of shares issued and outstanding, the number of shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Company’s stock option plans, the number of shares reserved for issuance pursuant to securities (other than the Warrants) exercisable for, or convertible into or exchangeable for, shares of any class of the Company’s Common Stock and the number of shares to be reserved for issuance upon exercise of the Warrants is set forth on Schedule 3.3 hereof. All of such outstanding shares of capital stock have been, or upon issuance will be, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. No shares of capital stock of the Company (including the Class A Common Stock and the Warrant Shares) are subject to preemptive rights or any other similar rights of the stockholders of the Company or any liens or encumbrances. Except with respect to the Exchange (as defined below) or as disclosed in Schedule 3.3 hereof, as of the date of this Agreement, (i) there are no outstanding options, warrants, scrip, rights to subscribe for, calls or commitments of any character whatsoever relating to, or securities or rights convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for, any shares of capital stock of the Company, or contracts, commitments, understandings or arrangements by which the Company is or may become bound to issue additional shares of capital stock of the Company, (ii) issuance of the Securities will not trigger anti-dilution rights for any other outstanding or authorized securities of the Company, and (iii) there are no agreements or arrangements under which the Company is obligated to register the sale of any of its securities under the Securities Act (except the Registration Rights Agreement). The Company has made available to Purchaser true and correct copies of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended and in effect on the date hereof (" Certificate of Incorporation "), and the Company’s By-laws, as amended and in effect on the date hereof (the " By-laws "). The Company has set forth on Schedule 3.3 hereof all instruments and agreements (other than the Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws) governing securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for any class of its Common Stock (and the Company shall provide to Purchaser copies thereof upon the request of Purchaser).
3.4 No Conflicts . Except as set forth in Schedule 3.4 , the execution, delivery and performance of the Transaction Documents by the Company, and the consummation by the Company of transactions contemplated hereby and thereby (including, without limitation, the issuance and reservation for issuance, as applicable, of the Securities) do not and will not (a) result in a violation of the Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws or (b) conflict with, or constitute a default (or an event which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, any agreement, indenture or instrument to which the Company is a party, or result in a violation of any law, rule, regulation, order, judgment or decree (including U.S. federal and state securities laws) applicable to the Company or by which any property or asset of the Company is bound or affected (except for such possible conflicts, defaults, terminations, amendments, accelerations, cancellations and violations as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect). The Company is not in violation of its Certificate of Incorporation or other organizational documents. The Company is not in default (and no event has occurred which has not been waived which, with notice or lapse of time or both, could reasonably be expected to put the Company in default) under, nor has there occurred any event giving others (with notice or lapse of time or both) any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, any agreement, indenture or instrument to which the Company is a party, except for possible violations, defaults or rights as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect. The businesses of the Company is not being conducted, and shall not be conducted so long as a Purchaser owns any of the Securities, in violation of any law, ordinance or regulation of any governmental entity, except for possible violations the sanctions for which either individually or in the aggregate would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Except (A) such as may be required under the Securities Act in connection with the performance of the Company’s obligations under the Registration Rights Agreement, (B) filing of a Form D with the SEC, (C) such as may be required in compliance with the state securities or Blue Sky laws of applicable jurisdictions and (D) such as may be required in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. ("NASD") and The NASDAQ Stock Market, the Company is not required to obtain any consent, authorization or order of, or make any filing or registration with, any court or governmental agency or any regulatory or self-regulatory agency in order for it to execute, deliver or perform any of its obligations under this Agreement or the Registration Rights Agreement or to perform its obligations in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof.
3.5 Consents . Except as set forth in Schedule 3.5 , the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of the Transaction Documents and the offer, issuance and sale of the Securities require no consent of, action by or in respect of, or filing with, any Person, governmental body, agency, or official other than (i) filings that have been made pursuant to applicable state securities laws, (ii) post-sale filings pursuant to applicable state and federal securities laws, (iii) filings with the NASD and (iv) any consent, action or filing that either individually or in the aggregate would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of each Purchaser set forth in ARTICLE II hereof, the Company has taken all action necessary to exempt (i) the issuance and sale of the Class A Common Stock, (ii) the
issuance of the Warrants, and (iii) the issuance of the Warrant Shares , from the provisions of any stockholder rights plan or other "poison pill" arrangement, any anti-takeover, business combination or control share law or statute binding on the Company or to which the Company or any of its assets and properties may be subject and any provision of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws that is or could reasonably be expected to become applicable to the Purchasers as a result of the transactions contemplated hereby, including without limitation, the issuance of the Securities and the ownership, disposition or voting of the Securities by the Purchasers or the exercise of any right granted to the Purchasers pursuant to this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents.
3.6 SEC Documents; Financial Statements . Since November 14, 2006, the Company has timely filed the SEC Documents required to be filed by it with the SEC pursuant to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the " Exchange Act "). The Company has made available to each Purchaser true and complete copies of the SEC Documents. As of their respective dates, the SEC Documents complied in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder applicable to the SEC Documents, and none of the SEC Documents, at the time they were filed with the SEC, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. None of the statements made in any such SEC Documents which is required to be updated or amended under applicable law has not been so updated or amended. The financial statements of the Company included in the SEC Documents have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied, and the rules and regulations of the SEC during the periods involved (except (i) as may be otherwise indicated in such financial statements or the notes thereto, or (ii) in the case of unaudited interim statements, to the extent they do not include footnotes or are condensed or summary statements) and present accurately and completely the financial position of the Company as of the dates thereof and the results of its operations and cash flows for the periods then ended (subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to normal year-end audit adjustments). Except as set forth in a manner clearly evident to a sophisticated institutional investor in the financial statements or the notes thereto of the Company included in the SEC Documents, the Company has no liabilities, contingent or otherwise, other than (i) liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice subsequent to the date of such financial statements and (ii) obligations under contracts and commitments incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice and not required under generally accepted accounting principles to be reflected in such financial statements. To the extent required by the rules of the SEC applicable thereto, the SEC Documents contain a complete and accurate list of all material undischarged written or oral contracts, agreements, leases or other instruments to which the Company is a party or by which the Company is bound or to which any of the properties or assets of the Company is subject (each a " Contract "). None of the Company or, to the Company’s Knowledge, any of the other parties thereto, is in breach or violation of any Contract, which breach or violation would have a Material Adverse Effect. No event, occurrence or condition exists which, with the lapse of time, the giving of notice,
or both, could become a default by the Company which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. For purposes of this Agreement, " Company’s Knowledge " means the actual knowledge of the executive officers (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) of the Company, after due inquiry.
3.7 Absence of Certain Changes . Since December 31, 2005, there has been no material adverse change and no material adverse development in the business, properties, operations, financial condition, results of operations or prospects of the Company, not clearly evident to a sophisticated institutional investor from the SEC Documents, including, without limitation:
(i) any change in the assets, liabilities, financial condition or operating results of the Company from that reflected in the financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, except for changes in the ordinary course of business which have not and could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, individually or in the aggregate;
(ii) any declaration or payment of any dividend, or any authorization or payment of any distribution, on any of the capital stock of the Company, or any redemption or repurchase of any securities of the Company;
(iii) any material damage, destruction or loss, whether or not covered by insurance to any assets or properties of the Company;
(iv) any waiver, not in the ordinary course of business, by the Company of a material right or of a material debt owed to it;
(v) any satisfaction or discharge of any lien, claim or encumbrance or payment of any obligation by the Company, except in the ordinary course of business and which is not material to the assets, properties, financial condition, operating results or business of the Company (as such business is presently conducted and as it is proposed to be conducted);
(vi) any change or amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws, or material change to any material contract or arrangement by which the Company is bound or to which any of its assets or properties is subject;
(vii) any material labor difficulties or labor union organizing activities with respect to employees of the Company;
(viii) any material transaction entered into by the Company other than in the ordinary course of business;
(ix) the loss of the services of any key employee, or material change in the composition or duties of the senior management of the Company;
(x) the loss or threatened loss of any customer which has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or
(xi) any other event or condition of any character that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
3.8 Absence of Litigation . Except as disclosed in Schedule 3.8 hereof or as disclosed in the Company’s SEC Documents filed by it with the SEC, there is no action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or by any court, public board, government agency, or self-regulatory organization or body pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened against or affecting the Company or any of its directors or officers in their capacities as such which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. There are no facts known to the Company which, if known by a potential claimant or governmental authority, could reasonably be expected to give rise to a claim or proceeding which, if asserted or conducted with results unfavorable to the Company could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
3.9 Tax Matters . The Company has timely prepared and filed all tax returns required to have been filed by the Company with all appropriate governmental agencies and timely paid all taxes shown thereon or otherwise owed by it. The charges, accruals and reserves on the books of the Company in respect of taxes for all fiscal periods are adequate in all material respects, and there are no material unpaid assessments against the Company nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any basis for the assessment of any additional taxes, penalties or interest for any fiscal period or audits by any federal, state or local taxing authority except for any assessment which is not material to the Company. All taxes and other assessments and levies that the Company is required to withhold or to collect for payment have been duly withheld and collected and paid to the proper governmental entity or third party when due. There are no tax liens or claims pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened against the Company or any of its assets or property. There are no outstanding tax sharing agreements or other such arrangements between the Company and any other corporation or entity.
3.10 Transactions with Affiliates . Except as disclosed in the SEC Documents, none of the officers or directors of the Company and, to the Company’s Knowledge, none of the employees of the Company is presently a party to any transaction with the Company (other than as holders of stock options and/or warrants, and for services as employees, officers, consultants and directors), including any contract, agreement or other arrangement providing for the furnishing of services to or by, providing for rental of real or personal property to or from, or otherwise requiring payments to or from any officer, director or such employee or, to the Company’s Knowledge, any entity in which any officer, director, or any such employee has a substantial interest or is an officer, director, trustee or partner.
3.11 Internal Controls . The Company maintains a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations, (ii)
transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (" GAAP ") and to maintain asset accountability, (iii) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization, and (iv) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any difference. The Company maintains and will continue to maintain a standard system of accounting established and administered in accordance with GAAP and the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act. The Company’s officers certified to the Company’s internal controls as of the filing of the Company’s Form 10-QSB for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 and since that