RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2022
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
NOTE 6 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Company subleased warehouse and office space on a month to month basis from a company owned by a consultant who was also the Company’s former Chief Operating Officer and his spouse. Monthly rent was $11,120 and the Company could cancel the lease with a 90-day cancellation notice. In May 2021, the consultant became a salaried employee of the Company, however, in December 2021, the employee resigned from the Company. As of December 31, 2021, the Company continued to rent the warehouse and office space under the same terms.
In January 2022, the Company executed a lease assignment with the ultimate landlord of this facility. The lease will expire on December 31, 2023 and the monthly lease payment is approximately $9,800. The Company paid the former Chief Operating Officer $15,317 to reimburse him for the security deposit on the lease of $9,453 plus $5,864 for leasehold improvements and equipment he installed in the facility. Total expense recognized to this related party for this lease for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 was and $11,120, respectively, and $33,360 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. See further discussion of the termination of this lease effective September 2022 in Note 11 below.
In November 2020, the Company entered into an operating lease with an entity controlled by the Company’s two founders for its future headquarters and production facility in Liberty Hill, Texas. The lease had a lease term of 5 years, and monthly payments ranging from approximately $15,000 per month to $17,000 per month over the lease term and gave the Company access to the land for use in testing its vehicles prior to the construction of any facilities. In February 2021, the Company entered into an amendment of the lease related to its future headquarters to expand the leased premises. The Company paid an additional security deposit of $139,230 and additional prepaid rent of $315,588. The total minimum lease payments under the amended lease totaled approximately $3,930,170.
In October 2021, the Company began discussions for an additional amendment to the lease, in anticipation of manufacturing the Stag at this location, which would result in the monthly payment increasing to $100,000 for the first year of the lease and increasing annually throughout the term of the lease to $107,000 in the final year. Monthly payments for the initial lease and the amended agreement would begin at the time a certificate of occupancy is received by the landlord.
The Company evaluated the cost of this facility in relation to other lower cost options, including having a third-party manufacture the Stag, and determined that it would be in the best interest of the Company to terminate this agreement. On April 27, 2022, the Company informed the landlord that we would be terminating the lease. On May 27, 2022, the landlord notified the Company that the landlord would refund $85,756 of the prepaid rent and security deposit balance of $601,818 paid by the Company. This refund would be paid to the Company once the landlord has sold the land and the landlord will release the Company from any remaining obligations under the lease and amendment. The unrefunded portion of the prepaid rent and security deposit relates to some survey, architecture and construction design costs which were incurred by the landlord prior to the Company terminating the lease. The Company has recognized a loss on the termination of this lease of $247,525 for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2022.
Total amortization expense for the right of use asset recorded for the initial lease for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 was $12,342 and $49,367, respectively, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 was $37,025 and $74,051, respectively.
In June 2021, the Company entered into an agreement with a company controlled by the Company’s Chairman and founding stockholder to lease office space for $2,000 per month for a period of one year. Total expense recorded for this lease for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 was $6,000 and $12,000, respectively. In May 2022 the Company informed the landlord that it will terminate this lease and the landlord has confirmed that the lease will terminate effective September 1, 2022.
On August 28, 2020, the Company entered into consulting agreements with Pink Possum, LLC (“Pink Possum”) an entity controlled by Mr. Okonsky, and Highbridge Consultants, LLC (“Highbridge”), an entity controlled by Mr. James, pursuant to which Messrs. Okonsky and James provide the Company with services. In consideration for entering into the consulting agreements, the Company issued the two entities ten-year warrants to purchase the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.004 per share. The number of shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the warrants was based on the number of shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding at the time of exercise and provided that Pink Possum and Highbridge would receive 18.75% and 25%, respectively, of the Company’s shares of common stock outstanding at the time of exercise on a fully diluted basis. On March 26, 2021 and March 25, 2021, respectively, Pink Possum and Highbridge entered into amendments to the consulting agreements agreeing to exchange the original warrants for new ten-year warrants to purchaseand shares, respectively, of common stock at an exercise price of $ . During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, the Company recognized compensation expenses of $ million and $ million for the warrants issued to Pink Possum and Highbridge, respectively. On December 20, 2021, Highbridge exercised all of its warrants on a cashless basis and the Company issued shares of common stock to Highbridge.
In addition, pursuant to the consulting agreements, upon the occurrence of a Fundamental Transaction (as defined below) for an aggregate gross sales price of $100.0 million or more, each entity will receive a cash payment equal to 1% of such gross sales price. For the purposes of the consulting agreements, “Fundamental Transaction” means any of the following: (i) a consolidation or merger involving the Company if the holders of the voting securities of the Company that are outstanding immediately prior to the consummation of such consolidation or merger do not, immediately after the consummation of such consolidation or merger, hold voting securities that collectively possess at least a majority of the voting power of all the outstanding securities of the surviving entity of such consolidation or merger or such surviving entity’s parent entity; (ii) a transfer or issuance (in a single transaction or series of related transactions) by one or more of the Company and its stockholders to one person or to any group of persons acting in concert, of shares of the Company’s capital stock then collectively possessing 50% or more of the voting power of all then outstanding shares of the Company’s capital stock (computed on an as-converted to common stock basis); or (iii) any sale, license, lease, assignment or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company. Furthermore, commencing upon the completion of the Company’s initial public offering of the shares of our common stock, if the Company’s market capitalization exceeds $300.0 million for a period of 21 consecutive trading days, each of the entities will receive an additional cash payment equal to $15.0 million; provided that the Company will have the right, in its sole discretion, to make the foregoing $15.0 million payment by the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock. The foregoing amounts will be payable to the entities if the above milestones occur any time prior to the ten-year anniversary of original consulting agreements, or August 28, 2030.
Also see “Note 7 -- Stockholders’ Equity” for a further discussion of the warrants issued to Pink Possum and Highbridge.