|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2022
NOTE 6 - CONVERTIBLE NOTES
On August 24, 2022, the Company issued senior convertible notes with an aggregate principal amount of $27,173,913 due February 24, 2024 (“the Convertible Notes”). The Convertible Notes have a conversion price of $2.25 per share of common stock ( total shares if fully converted) and were issued with an original issue discount of 8.0% and do not bear interest unless an event of default has occurred, upon which interest accrues at 10% per annum. The holders of the Convertible Notes can convert any portion of the principal at any time during the term of the notes. The holders of the Convertible Notes also received fully vested warrants (the “Note Warrants”) to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $2.85 per share. The conversion and warrant exercise prices are subject to adjustment if the Company declares a stock dividend, stock split or recapitalization. The Company has reserved shares of common stock for the total number of shares the Convertible Notes can be converted into and the total shares issuable for the exercise of the Note Warrants. The Company received net cash proceeds, after issuance costs (excluding the value of the warrants issued to the placement agent as discussed below) of $22,300,321.
The Convertible Note and Note Warrant holders (collectively the “Holders”) do not have voting rights to the extent they have not converted their notes or exercised their warrants. The Holders do participate in any dividends or distributions of assets made by the Company to common stockholders based on the number of shares their notes can convert into or the number of shares they would receive if all warrants were exercised.
The Convertible Notes contain certain conversion limitations, providing that no conversion may be made if, after giving effect to the conversion, the holder, together with any of its affiliates, would own in excess of 9.99% of the Company’s outstanding shares of Common Stock after giving effect to such conversion. The Company can force conversion of the Convertible Notes at any time if the weighted average price of the Company’s common stock for ten consecutive trading days equals or exceeds $3.50, subject to the share limitations described above. In addition to default interest of 10% accruing on the Convertible Notes, the holders may require the Company to redeem a portion or all of the outstanding Convertible Notes at anytime through the due date.
Events of default for the Convertible Notes are defined in the note agreements and include the following:
As of December 31, 2022, the Company is in compliance with all covenants. The Convertible Notes require the Company to have unrestricted and unencumbered cash on deposit of $10,000,000 if the outstanding principal (and interest, if any) of the Convertible Notes is $15,000,000 or greater as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2023. The cash on deposit requirement is reduced dollar for dollar to the extent that the outstanding principal (and interest, if any) of the Convertible Notes is less than $15,000,000 on each of these dates.
The Note Warrants expire on August 24, 2027. The Note Warrants contain certain conversion limitations, providing that a holder thereof may not exercise such Note Warrant to the extent that, if after giving effect to such conversion, the holder or any of its affiliates would beneficially own in excess of 4.99% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock immediately after giving effect to such exercise. The Note Warrants provide the holders with the right to exercise the warrants on a non-cash basis if the Company does not have an effective registration statement for the underlying shares of common stock. The Company evaluated the provisions of the Note Warrants and concluded that they should be classified as equity.
The Company incurred debt issuance costs of $3,316,409, which includes $616,730 for the fair value of the warrants issued to the placement agent of the Convertible Notes as further described in Note 8. The Company allocated the net proceeds received from the issuance of the Convertible Notes and Note Warrants based on the relative fair values of each resulting in net proceeds of $15,122,345 being allocated to the Convertible Notes recorded as a current liability in the balance sheet and net proceeds of $6,561,247 being allocated to the Note Warrants which was recorded in equity. The Company will record non-cash interest expense over the term of the Convertible Notes to accrete the allocated value of the Convertible Notes to the aggregate principal amount of $27,173,913 using the effective interest method and an interest rate of 39.6%. As of December 31, 2022, no conversions of the Convertible Notes or exercise of the Note Warrants or warrants issued to the placement agent had occurred.
The following is a summary of the Convertible Notes as of December 31, 2022:
Interest expense recorded for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $2,231,403.