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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-K/A

(Amendment No. 2)


þ

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019


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 001-38175

ASPEN GROUP, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Delaware

 

27-1933597

State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization

 

I.R.S. Employer Identification No.

 

 

 

276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 505, New York, New York

 

10001

Address of Principal Executive Offices

 

Zip Code


(646) 448-5144

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

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

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001

ASPU

The Nasdaq Stock Market

(The Nasdaq Global Market)

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

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

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 requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes þ     No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes þ    No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.


Large accelerated filer ¨

Accelerated filer þ

Non-accelerated filer ¨ 

Smaller reporting company þ

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  Yes ¨    No þ 

State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter. Approximately $91 million based on a closing price of $5.70 on October 31, 2018.

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock as of August 20, 2019 was 18,932,274 shares.

 

 

 




 


EXPLANATORY NOTE


This Amendment No. 2 on Form 10-K/A (the “Amendment”) amends the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “2019 Form 10-K”) of ˿Ƶ. (the “Company”) for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019 (the “2019 Fiscal Year”), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on July 9, 2019, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A filed on July 17, 2019. We are filing this Amendment to amend Part III of the 2019 Form 10-K to include the information required by and not included in Part III of the 2019 Form 10-K because we do not intend to file our definitive proxy statement within 120 days of the end of the 2019 Fiscal Year.


In addition, the Exhibit Index in Item 15 of Part IV of the 2019 Form 10-K is hereby amended and restated in its entirety and currently dated certifications required under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are filed as exhibits to this Amendment. Because no financial statements are contained within this Amendment, we are not filing currently dated certifications pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.


Except as described above, no other changes have been made to the 2019 Form 10-K. The 2019 Form 10-K continues to speak as of the date of the 2019 Form 10-K, and we have not updated the disclosures contained therein to reflect any events which occurred at a date subsequent to the filing of the 2019 Form 10-K other than as expressly indicated in this Amendment.





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PART III


Item 10.  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate ˿Ƶ


The following table represents our Board of Directors:


Name

 

Age

 

Position

Michael Mathews

 

57

 

Chairman of the Board

Frank Cotroneo

 

60

 

Director Nominee

Norman D. Dicks

 

78

 

Director

C. James Jensen

 

78

 

Director

Andrew Kaplan

 

53

 

Director

Malcolm F. MacLean IV

 

50

 

Director

Sanford Rich

 

61

 

Director


Director Biographies


Michael Mathews has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a director since March 2012 and as Chief Executive Officer of Aspen University Inc. (“Aspen University”), a subsidiary of the Company, since May 2011. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Interclick, Inc. (“Interclick”) (Nasdaq: ICLK) from August 28, 2007 until January 31, 2011. From June 2007 until it was acquired by Yahoo, Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) in December 2011, Mr. Mathews also served as a director of Interclick. From May 15, 2008, until June 30, 2008, Mr. Mathews served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Interclick. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mathews served as the senior vice-president of marketing and publisher services for World Avenue U.S.A., LLC, an Internet promotional marketing company. Mr. Mathews was selected to serve as a director due to his knowledge of the for profit education industry, his commitment to “making college affordable again”, his track record of success in managing early stage and growing businesses, his extensive knowledge of the Internet marketing industry and his knowledge of running and serving on the boards of public companies.


Frank Cotroneo has served as a director since December 2018. Mr. Cotroneo is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Core Business Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm, which he founded in 2004, specializing in strategic and financial planning, business development, capital restructuring, third party vendor management, enterprise resource planning and financial systems implementation, internal control improvements, risk management, and leadership development. Mr. Cotroneo has more than 30 years of business and senior management experience, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Acxiom Corporation (currently LiveRamp Holdings, Inc.), H&R Block and MasterCard International Inc., and serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Interclick, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICLK).  Mr. Cotroneo was selected to serve as a director due to his extensive senior executive management experience and accounting, internal control and financial expertise.


Norman D. Dicks has served as a director since November 17, 2016. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for approximately 36 years. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor to law firm Van Ness Feldman LLP since 2013, advising clients on a wide-range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues, particularly those in the environmental sector. Prior to joining the firm, Congressman Dicks represented Washington State’s 6th Congressional District from 1977 to 2013, during which time he received a first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in Congress. In addition, Congressman Dicks served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, where he made environmental issues a priority, and worked on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also was the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and concluded his tenure in Congress as top-ranking Democratic Member on that Committee, and top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal. Upon his retirement, Congressman Dicks received the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, for his work on behalf of military members and their families. Congressman Dicks was appointed a director for his experience and expertise on a wide range of public policy, strategic and regulatory issues. Given the regulatory nature of our business, Congressman Dicks’ experience provides invaluable insight and advice to the Board and management regarding our debtless education solution to adults across America.




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C. James Jensen has served as a director of the Company since March 2012 and of Aspen University since May 2011. He also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. He is an active member of the World Presidents’ Organization, a life director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is Vice Chairman of American Global Health Group. He is also the author of the book 7 KEYS To Unlock Your Full Potential. Mr. Jensen was selected as a director due to his previous service on public company boards and his experience with entrepreneurial companies.


Andrew Kaplan has served as a director of the Company since June 2014. Since January 1, 2015, Mr. Kaplan has been a Managing General Partner in Education Growth Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the education and training industry. From July 2000 through March 2014, Mr. Kaplan was a partner in Quad Partners (“Quad”) a private equity firm focused exclusively on the education industry. During his tenure with Quad, Mr. Kaplan also served as a Managing Director of Quad College Group, the operational team focused on Quad’s postsecondary portfolio. From March 2014 to December 2014, Mr. Kaplan was a consultant to the education industry. Mr. Kaplan was selected as a director for his extensive knowledge of the education industry.


Malcolm F. MacLean IV has served as a director of the Company since November 17, 2016. Mr. MacLean is the Managing Partner and Director of Tokyo-based Star Asia Group, LLC, an independent investment management group investing primarily in various Japanese real estate related opportunities, which Mr. MacLean co-founded in November 2006. Mr. MacLean is responsible for the day-to-day investment activities at the firm as co-Chair of the Investment Committee. Mr. MacLean is also the co-Founder and Managing Member of Taurus Capital Partners LLC, based in Los Angeles, which makes opportunistic investments in public and private companies, partnerships and other structured vehicles. Mr. MacLean was selected as a director for his extensive investment banking experience, history of entrepreneurial and investment success as well as business operational expertise.


Sanford Rich has served as a director of the Company since March 2012. Since January 2016 Mr. Rich has served as the Executive Director of the New York City Board of Education Retirement System. From November 2012 to January 2016, Mr. Rich served as the Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (a United States Government Agency). Mr. Rich served as a director of Interclick from August 28, 2007 until June 5, 2009 and as Audit Committee Chairman from August 2007 to June 2009. From February 2009 to December 2012 Mr. Rich was a Managing Director of Whitemarsh Capital Advisors, a broker-dealer. Since April 2006, Mr. Rich has served as a director and Audit Committee Chairman for InsPro Technologies (OTCQB: ITCC). Mr. Rich was selected as a director for his 35 years of experience in the financial sector, investment and commercial banking experience and his experience serving on the audit committees of public companies.


Executive Officers


Name

 

Age

 

Position

Michael Mathews

 

57

 

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Sevely

 

59

 

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld

 

62

 

Chief Academic Officer

Gerard Wendolowski

 

34

 

Chief Operating Officer


See above for Mr. Michael Mathews’ biography.


Joseph Sevely has been the Company Chief Financial Officer since September 11, 2018. Prior to his appointment, from February 2016 to September 2018, Joseph L. Sevely, taught undergraduate and graduate classes as part of the adjunct faculty at Columbia University, New York University, Fairfield University and St. John’s University.  From May 2010 till September 2015, Mr. Sevely served as the Chief Financial Officer of Cutwater Asset Management LLC, a holding company for a fixed income asset management company and broker/dealer, which is now part of BNY Mellon.


Cheri St. Arnauld has been the Company’s Chief Academic Officer since June 11, 2017. Dr. St. Arnauld previously served as Aspen University’s Chief Academic Officer beginning March 6, 2014. From January 2012 until March 6, 2014, Dr. St. Arnauld was an educational consultant for the St. Arnauld Group.  From 2012 to 2008, Dr. St. Arnauld was the Provost, Chief Academic Officer of Grand Canyon University.


Gerard Wendolowski has been the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since March 11, 2014. From May 2011 until March 11, 2014, Mr. Wendolowski served as Aspen University’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.




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Family Relationships


There are no family relationships among our directors and/or executive officers.


Board Responsibilities


The Board oversees, counsels, and directs management in the long-term interest of the Company and its shareholders. The Board’s responsibilities include establishing broad corporate policies and reviewing the overall performance of the Company. The Board is not, however, involved in the operating details on a day-to-day basis. In December 2017, our Board established an Executive Committee which, subject to the limitations of Delaware law, has since performed the functions of the Board.


Board Committees and Charters


The Board and its committees meet throughout the year and act by written consent from time to time as appropriate. The Board delegates various responsibilities and authority to its Board committees. Committees regularly report on their activities and actions to the Board. The Board currently has and appoints the members of the following standing committees: the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Corporate ˿Ƶ and Nominating Committee (the “Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee”). Each of the committees, except for the Executive Committee, has a written charter approved by the Board which can be found on our corporate website at http://ir.aspen.edu/governance-docs.


The following table identifies the independent and non-independent current Board and committee members:


Name

 

 

Independent

 

Executive

 

 

Audit

 

 

Compensation

 

 

Nominating

Michael Mathews

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

Frank Cotroneo

 

 

ü

 

 

 

 

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norman D. Dicks

 

 

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ü

 

 

Chairman

C. James Jensen

 

 

ü

 

Chairman

 

 

ü

 

 

Chairman

 

 

 

Andrew Kaplan

 

 

ü

 

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Malcolm F. MacLean IV

 

 

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Sanford Rich

 

 

ü

 

ü

 

 

Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 


Director Independence


With the exception of Michael Mathews, our Executive Committee has determined that all of the directors are independent as such term is defined under The Nasdaq Stock Market Rules (the “Nasdaq Rules”).


Our Executive Committee determined that as a result of being employed as an executive officer, Mr. Mathews is not independent under the Nasdaq Rules.


Our Executive Committee has also determined that Messrs. Sanford Rich, Frank Cotroneo and C. James Jensen meet the independence requirements under the Nasdaq Rules and the heightened independence requirements for Audit Committee members under the rule of the SEC. Also, our Executive Committee has determined that Messrs. C. James Jensen and Norman D. Dicks are independent under the Nasdaq Rules independence standards for compensation committee members.  


Committees of the Board of Directors


Executive Committee


The function of the Executive Committee is to provide a committee for the Company which can approve corporate actions efficiently or in a timely fashion when the full Board is unavailable. The Executive Committee was established in December 2017.




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Audit Committee


Management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the system of internal controls. The Audit Committee reviews the Company’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board and administers our engagement of the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee meets with the independent registered public accounting firm, with and without management present, to discuss the results of its examinations, the evaluations of our internal controls, and the overall quality of our financial reporting.


Audit Committee Financial Expert


Our Executive Committee has determined that each of Mr. Sanford Rich and Mr. Frank Cotroneo is qualified as an Audit Committee Financial Expert, as that term is defined under the rules of the SEC and in compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

Compensation Committee


The function of the Compensation Committee is to determine the compensation of our executive officers. The Compensation Committee has the power to set performance targets for determining periodic bonuses payable to executive officers and may review and make recommendations with respect to shareholder proposals related to compensation matters. Additionally, the Compensation Committee is responsible for administering the 2012 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2012 Plan”) and the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan” and together, the “Plans”).


Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee


The responsibilities of the Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee include the identification of individuals qualified to become Board members, the selection of nominees to stand for election as directors, the oversight of the selection and composition of committees of the Board, establishing procedures for the nomination process including procedures, oversight of possible conflicts of interests involving the Board and its members, developing corporate governance principles, and the oversight of the evaluations of the Board and management. The Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee has not established a policy with regard to the consideration of any candidates recommended by shareholders. If we receive any shareholder recommended nominations, the Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee will carefully review the recommendation(s) and consider such recommendation(s) in good faith.


Board and Committee Meetings in the 2019 Fiscal Year


In the 2019 Fiscal Year the Board had six meetings, the Executive Committee had one meeting, the Audit Committee had five meetings, and the Compensation Committee and the Corporate ˿Ƶ Committee only acted by written consent during the 2019 Fiscal Year.


There were no directors (who were incumbent at the time) except for Malcolm MacLean, who attended fewer than 75 percent of the aggregate total number of Board meetings and meetings of the Board committees of which the director was a member during the 2019 Fiscal Year.


Board Diversity


While we do not have a formal policy on diversity, our Board considers diversity to include the skill set, background, reputation, type and length of business experience of our Board members as well as a particular nominee’s contributions to that mix. Our Board believes that diversity brings a variety of ideas, judgments and considerations that benefit the Company and its shareholders. Although there are many other factors, the Board seeks individuals with experience on public company boards or the investment community, experience on operating growing businesses, and experience with online universities.

 

Board Leadership Structure


We have chosen to combine the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman positions. We believe that this Board leadership structure is the most appropriate for the Company. Because we are a small company, it is more efficient to have the leadership of the Board in the same hands as the Chief Executive Officer. The challenges faced by us at this stage – implementing our business and marketing plans and continuing and managing our growth – are most efficiently dealt with by one person who is familiar with both the operational aspects as well as the strategic aspects of our business.



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Board Role in Risk Oversight


Our risk management function is overseen by our Board. Our management keeps its Board apprised of material risks and provides its directors access to all information necessary for them to understand and evaluate how these risks interrelate, how they affect us, and how management addresses those risks. Mr. Michael Mathews, as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, works closely together with the Board once material risks are identified on how to best address such risks. If the identified risk poses an actual or potential conflict with management, our independent directors may conduct the assessment. Presently, the primary risks affecting us are our ability to continue growing our business, including our programs which have higher long-term values, manage our working capital together with the expansion of our hybrid campus program, increase our enrollment and class starts, reduce the dependence on the continued growth of our nursing school and manage our expected growth consistent with regulatory oversight.


Code of Ethics


Our Board has adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to all of our employees, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Although not required, the Code of Ethics also applies to our directors. The Code of Ethics provides written standards that we believe are reasonably designed to deter wrongdoing and promote honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships, full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure and compliance with laws, rules and regulations, including insider trading, corporate opportunities and whistleblowing or the prompt reporting of illegal or unethical behavior. We will provide a copy, without charge, to anyone that requests a copy of our code of ethics in writing by contacting ˿Ƶ., 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 505, New York, New York 10001, Attention: Corporate Secretary.


Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance


Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors, executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of our common stock to file initial reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock and other equity securities with the SEC. These individuals are required by the regulations of the SEC to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on a review of the copies of the forms furnished to us, and written representations from reporting persons, we believe that all filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and 10% beneficial owners were complied with during the 2019 Fiscal Year that except that one Form 4 for each of Michael Mathews and Joseph Sevely was not timely filed due to an administrative error.  


Communication with our Board of Directors


Although we do not have a formal policy regarding communications with the Board, shareholders may communicate with the Board by writing to us at ˿Ƶ., 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 505, New York, New York 10001, Attention: Corporate Secretary. Shareholders who would like their submission directed to a member of the Board may so specify, and the communication will be forwarded, as appropriate.


Risk Assessment Regarding Compensation Policies and Practices as they Relate to Risk Management


Our compensation program for employees does not create incentives for excessive risk taking by our employees or involve risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on us. Our compensation has the following risk-limiting characteristics:


·

Our base pay programs consist of competitive salary rates that represent a reasonable portion of total compensation and provide a reliable level of income on a regular basis, which decreases incentive on the part of our executives to take unnecessary or imprudent risks;


·

A portion of executive incentive compensation opportunity is tied to long-term incentive compensation that emphasizes sustained performance over time. This reduces any incentive to take risks that might increase short-term compensation at the expense of longer term company results;


·

Awards are not tied to formulas that could focus executives on specific short-term outcomes;


·

Equity awards may be recovered by us should a restatement of earnings occur upon which incentive compensation awards were based, or in the event of other wrongdoing by the recipient; and




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·

Equity awards, generally, have multi-year vesting which aligns the long-term interests of our executives with those of our shareholders and, again, discourages the taking of short-term risk at the expense of long-term performance.


Item 11.  Executive Compensation 


The following information is related to the compensation paid, distributed or accrued by us for the 2019 Fiscal Year and the fiscal year ended April 30, 2018 (the “2018 Fiscal Year”) to our Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) serving during the last fiscal year and the two other most highly compensated executive officers serving at the end of the last fiscal year whose compensation exceeded $100,000 (the “Named Executive Officers”).


Summary Compensation Table


Name and
Principal Position
(a)

 

 

Fiscal

Year
(b)

 

 

Salary
($)
(c)

 

 

Bonus
($)
(d)(1)

 

 

Option
Awards
($)
(f)(2)

 

 

All

Other
Compensation
(i)

 

 

Total
($)
(j)

 

 

  

  

                      

  

  

                      

  

  

                      

  

  

                      

  

  

                      

  

  

                      

 

Michael Mathews

 

 

2019

 

 

324,998

 

 

30,143

 

 

512,000

(3)

 

 

79,920

(4)

 

 

 

947,061

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

2018

 

 

324,992

 

 

30,000

 

 

282,000

 

 

 

80,520

(5)

 

 

 

717,512

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheri St. Arnauld

 

 

2019

 

 

300,000

 

 

30,178

 

 

460,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

790,978

 

Chief Academic Officer

 

 

2018

 

 

295,500

 

 

30,000

 

 

152,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

478,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerard Wendolowski

 

 

2019

 

 

300,000

 

 

30,142

 

 

460,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

790,942

 

Chief Operating Officer

 

 

2018

 

 

295,500

 

 

30,000

 

 

282,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

607,500

 

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(1)

Represents cash bonuses.


(2)

These amounts do not reflect the actual economic value realized by the Named Executive Officers. The amounts in this column represent the fair value of the award as of the grant date as computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 and the SEC disclosure rules. Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown disregard the impact of estimated forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions.


(3)

Includes five-year stock options to purchase 200,000 shares of Common Stock granted in July 2018 exercisable at $7.55 per share that were cancelled in March 2019 with Mr. Mathews’ consent. These stock options were cancelled in order to increase the number of shares which remain available for future awards under the ˿Ƶ. 2012 Equity Incentive Plan and Mr. Mathews did not receive any value in exchange for the cancellation.


(4)

The Company currently provides and will continue to provide perquisites that it feels are necessary to enable the Named Executive Officers to perform their responsibilities efficiently, to minimize distractions and help build a successful culture and business.  We believe the benefit, financial or otherwise, the Company receives from providing these perquisites significantly outweighs the cost of providing them.  This amount includes $5,200 per month paid for the rental of a home in the Phoenix, Arizona area which Mr. Mathews used instead of a hotel, as Mr. Mathews split his time during the 2019 Fiscal Year between the Phoenix and New York offices given the majority of the Company’s employees are based in Phoenix. The Compensation Committee approved this arrangement since the cost of a hotel and meals would have exceeded the rental amount.  Additionally, this amount includes a total of $16,800 in country club dues in the Phoenix area which the Company paid in accordance with the approval of the Compensation Committee. On a monthly basis, employees of the Phoenix office used the country club as part of a shared team-building experience.  Mr. Mathews reimbursed the Company for personal expenses he incurs at the country club.  These sums are disclosed in this Summary Compensation Table pursuant to the SEC Staff’s interpretations, even though the payment of these expenses resulted in a benefit to the Company and saved the Company money.


(5)

This amount includes $5,500 per month paid for the rental of a home in the Phoenix, Arizona area which Mr. Mathews used instead of a hotel and a total of $13,370 in country club dues in the Phoenix area.




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Named Executive Officer Employment Agreements


The Company has entered into Employment Agreements with Michael Mathews, Cheri St. Arnauld and Gerard Wendolowski. Set forth below is the description of the material terms of the Employment Agreements.


Michael Mathews. The Employment Agreement with Mr. Mathews effective November 1, 2016 provides that he will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company for a period of three years, subject to an automatic renewal for successive one-year terms unless prior notice of non-renewal is given by either party. Pursuant to his Employment Agreement, Mr. Mathews receives an annual base salary of $325,000.


Cheri St. Arnauld. Pursuant to her Employment Agreement effective June 11, 2017, Dr. St. Arnauld will serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the Company for a period of three years, subject to an automatic renewal for successive one-year terms unless prior notice of non-renewal is given by either party. Pursuant to her Employment Agreement, Dr. St. Arnauld receives an annual base salary of $300,000.


Gerard Wendolowski. Mr. Wendolowski’s Employment Agreement effective November 11, 2014, provides that he will serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company for a period of three years, subject to an automatic renewal for successive one-year terms unless prior notice of non-renewal is given by either party. Mr. Wendolowski’s base salary increased to $300,000 on June 11, 2017.


Bonuses


Target Bonus


For each fiscal year during the term of the Named Executive Officers’ Employment Agreements beginning May 1 and ending April 30 of the applicable fiscal year, each Named Executive Officer has the opportunity to earn a bonus up to 30%, 66% or 100% of his or her then base salary (the “Target Bonus”) as follows.


When the Company achieves annual Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in their Employment Agreements) at certain threshold levels (each, an “EBITDA Threshold”), the Named Executive Officers shall receive an automatic cash bonus (the “Automatic Cash Bonus”) equal to a percentage of his or her then base salary, and shall receive a grant of fully vested shares of the Company’s common stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value (as such term is defined in the Plan) equal to a percentage of the Named Executive Officer’s then base salary (the “Automatic Equity Bonus”). In addition, each Named Executive Officers shall be eligible to receive an additional percentage of his or her then Base Salary as a cash bonus (the “Discretionary Cash Bonus”) and an additional grant of fully vested shares of the Company’s common stock having an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to a percentage of the Named Executive Officers’ then base salary (the “Discretionary Equity Bonus”) based on the Board’s determination that the Named Executive Officer has achieved certain annual performance objectives established at the beginning of each fiscal year. There were no performance objectives set for 2018 Fiscal Year and 2019 Fiscal Year.


The EBITDA Thresholds and corresponding bonus levels are set forth in the table below. For the avoidance of doubt, the Named Executive Officer shall only be eligible to receive the bonuses associated with a single EBITDA Threshold; i.e. in the event the Company attains EBITDA Threshold (2), only the bonuses associated with EBITDA Threshold (2) below (and not the bonuses associated with EBITDA Threshold (1)) shall be applicable.


EBITDA Threshold

Automatic
Cash Bonus

Automatic
Equity Bonus

Discretionary
Cash Bonus

Discretionary
Equity Bonus

$1,000,000 -$1,999,999

7.5%

7.5%

Up to 7.5%

Up to 7.5%

$2,000,000 -$3,999,999

16.5%

16.5%

Up to 16.5%

Up to 16.5%

$4,000,000 and over

25%

25%

Up to 25%

Up to 25%


The earning of the Automatic Cash Bonus is subject to the Company having at least $2,000,000 in available cash after deducting the Target Bonuses paid to all executive officers of the Company or its subsidiaries under the same Target Bonus formula pursuant to such executives’ employment agreements (the “Cash Threshold”) and the executive officer continuing to provide services under their Employment Agreement on the applicable Target Bonus determination date. If the Company is unable to pay the Automatic Cash Bonus as a result of not meeting the Cash Threshold, no Automatic Cash Bonus will be earned for that fiscal year.




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Discretionary Bonus


Each of the Named Executive Officers is entitled to receive discretionary bonuses under their Employment Agreements at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. In the 2018 Fiscal Year and 2019 Fiscal Year, the Named Executives Officers were each paid discretionary cash bonuses as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table.


Termination Provisions


Under their Employment Agreements, the Named Executive Officers are entitled to severance payments. All of the termination provisions are intended to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the Code, and the Regulations thereunder.


In the event of termination by the Company without “cause” or resignation for “good reason,” each of the Named Executive Officers is entitled to receive 12 months base salary, immediate vesting of unvested equity awards and continued benefits for six months.


In case of termination or change in title upon a change of control event, each of the Named Executive Officers is entitled to receive 18 months base salary, immediate vesting of unvested equity awards, continued benefits for 18 months and 100% of the existing Target Bonus, if any, for that fiscal year when the change of control occurs.


“Change of control” is defined in the Employment Agreements the same way it is defined under Section 409A of the Code. Generally, “good reason” is defined as a material diminution in the Named Executive Officer’s authority, duties or responsibilities due to no fault of his or her own (unless he or she has agreed to such diminution); or (ii) any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by the Company under the Employment Agreement; or (iii) generally a relocation of the principal place of employment to a location outside of metropolitan New York, New York or Phoenix, Arizona area.


In the event employment is terminated at the end of the term upon the notice of non-renewal and a Named Executive Officer remains employed until the end of the term, such Named Executive Officer will be entitled to receive six months base salary and continued benefits for six months.


Under the terms of the Employment Agreements, the Named Executive Officers are subject to non-competition and non-solicitation covenants during the term of their employment and during one year following termination of employment with the Company. The Employment Agreements also contain customary confidentiality and non-disparagement covenants.




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Outstanding Equity Awards at April 30, 2019


Listed below is information with respect to unexercised options that have not vested, and equity incentive plan awards for each Named Executive Officer outstanding as of April 30, 2019. The vesting of all unvested options is subject to continued employment on each applicable vesting date.


Name

(a)

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
(b)

 

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options

(#)

Unexercisable

(c)

 

 

Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
(d)

 

 

Option
Exercise
Price
($)
(e)

 

 

Option
Expiration
Date
(f)

 

 

                                                 

  

                           

 

 

                           

 

 

                           

 

 

                           

 

 

                           

 

 

Michael Mathews

 

 

16,667

 

 

8,333

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

3/15/20

 

 

 

 

 

27,778

 

 

13,889

(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

3/22/20

 

 

 

 

 

80,556

 

 

161,111

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

9/4/20

 

 

 

 

 

8,025

 

 

16,051

(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

10/23/20

 

 

 

 

 

4,630

 

 

9,259

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

10/23/20

 

 

 

 

 

162,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.86

 

 

9/4/19

 

 

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.10

 

 

12/11/20

 

 

 

 

 

66,666

 

 

133,334

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.90

 

 

5/13/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheri St. Arnauld

 

 

83,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.03

 

 

6/8/20

 

 

 

 

 

38,889

 

 

19,445

(7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.99

 

 

6/23/21

 

 

 

 

 

17,500

 

 

12,500

(8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.28

 

 

6/11/20

 

 

 

 

 

23,333

 

 

46,667

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.90

 

 

5/13/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

180,000

(10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.55

 

 

7/19/23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerard Wendolowski

 

 

5,556

 

 

2,778

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

3/15/20

 

 

 

 

 

1,389

 

 

2,778

(12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.28

 

 

12/17/20

 

 

 

 

 

58,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.03

 

 

6/8/20

 

 

 

 

 

111,111

 

 

55,556

(13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.99

 

 

6/23/21

 

 

 

 

 

66,667

 

 

133,333

(14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.90

 

 

5/13/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

180,000

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.55

 

 

7/19/23

 

 

———————

(1)

Remainder vests on March 15, 2020.

(2)

Remainder vests on March 22, 2020.

(3)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on September 4, 2019 and September 4, 2020.

(4)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on October 23, 2019 and October 23, 2020.

(5)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on October 23, 2019 and October 23, 2020.

(6)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on May 13, 2019 and May 13, 2020.

(7)

Remainder vests on June 23, 2019.

(8)

Remainder vests in five equal quarterly increments beginning on June 11, 2019 until fully vested on June 11, 2020.

(9)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on May 13, 2019 and May 13, 2020.

(10)

Vests in three equal increments beginning on July 19, 2019.

(11)

Remainder vests on March 15, 2020.

(12)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on December 17, 2019 and December 17, 2020.

(13)

Remainder vests on June 23, 2019.

(14)

Remainder vests in two equal increments on May 13, 2019 and May 13, 2020.

(15)

Vests in three equal increments beginning on July 19, 2019.




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Director Compensation


Our employees do not receive compensation for serving as members of our Board of Directors. Our non-employee directors receive compensation for their service as directors and members of committees of the Board of Directors, consisting of cash and equity awards. Our non-employee directors can elect to receive restricted Common Stock instead of cash compensation. In December 2018, our Board of Directors awarded $35,000 in cash for calendar year 2019 payable quarterly in equal increments subject to continued service as of the applicable payment date and further subject to each applicable director having received grants totaling at least 100,000 options. The only directors receiving cash awards are Messrs. Jensen, Rich and Kaplan. Directors are reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings and carrying out duties as board and committee members. Under the Plans, our non-employee directors receive grants of stock options as compensation for their services on our Board, as described above. Because we do not pay compensation to employee directors, Mr. Michael Mathews was not compensated for his service as a director in 2019 Fiscal Year and is omitted from the following table.


2019 Fiscal Year Director Compensation


In the 2019 Fiscal Year, non-employee members of our Board of Directors were compensated for as follows:


Name
(a)

 

 

Fees Earned or

Paid in

Cash

($)(b)

 

 

Stock

Awards

($)(c)(1)(2)

 

 

Option

Awards

($)(d)(1)(2)

 

 

Total

($)(j)

 

                                                                              

  

  

                         

  

  

                         

  

  

                         

  

  

                         

 

Frank Cotroneo (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

83,334

 

 

83,334

 

Michael D’Anton (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norman D. Dicks

 

 

 

 

10,240

 

 

20,000

 

 

30,240

 

C. James Jensen

 

 

8,750(5)

 

 

15,360

 

 

 

 

24,110

 

Andrew Kaplan

 

 

8,750(5)

 

 

10,240

 

 

 

 

18,990

 

Malcolm F. MacLean IV

 

 

 

 

10,240

 

 

20,000

 

 

30,240

 

Oksana Malysheva (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanford Rich

 

 

8,750(5)

 

 

10,240

 

 

 

 

18,990

 

John Scheibelhoffer (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Solomon (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

———————

(1)

Amounts reported represent the aggregate grant date fair value of awards granted without regards to forfeitures granted to the independent members of our Board of Directors during the 2019 Fiscal Year, computed in accordance with ASC 718. This amount does not reflect the actual economic value realized by each director.


(2)

The table below sets forth the shares of restricted Common Stock and unexercised options held by each of our non-employee directors outstanding as of April 30, 2019.


Name

 

 

Aggregate Number

of Restricted

Stock Awards

Outstanding at

April 30, 2019

 

 

Aggregate Number

of Unexercised

Option Awards

Outstanding at

April 30, 2019

 

                                                                 

  

  

                            

  

  

                            

 

Frank Cotroneo

 

 

 

 

  41,667

 

Michael D’Anton

 

 

 

 

  61,178

 

Norman D. Dicks

 

 

2,000

 

 

  66,667

 

C. James Jensen

 

 

3,000

 

 

120,940

 

Andrew Kaplan

 

 

8,836

 

 

112,606

 

Malcolm F. MacLean IV

 

 

2,000

 

 

  61,667

 

Oksana Malysheva  

 

 

 

 

  10,000

 

Sanford Rich

 

 

8,836

 

 

  95,106

 

John Scheibelhoffer

 

 

 

 

  65,939

 

Rick Solomon

 

 

 

 

  70,834

 


(3)

Mr. Cotroneo has served as a director since December 13, 2018.


(4)

Messrs. D’Anton, Scheibelhoffer and Solomon and Ms. Malysheva served as directors until December 13, 2018.



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(5)

Represents the portion of cash compensation earned as of April 30, 2019. Pursuant to their election to receive shares of restricted Common Stock (the “Restricted Stock”) in lieu of $35,000 in cash compensation, Messrs. Kaplan and Rich each received a grant of 6,836 shares of Restricted Stock in December 2018. The Restricted Stock vests in three equal annual increments on December 24, 2019, December 24, 2020 and December 24, 2021, subject to continued service as a director of the Company, on each applicable vesting date.


Equity Compensation Plan Information


The following chart reflects the number of securities granted and the weighted average exercise price for our compensation plans as of April 30, 2019.

 

Name Of Plan

 

Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights

(a)

 

 

Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights

(b)($)

 

 

Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (a))

(c)

 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

˿Ƶ. 2012 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (1)

 

2,966,112

 

 

4.18

 

 

322,712

  

˿Ƶ. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (2)

 

   443,042

 

 

6.17

 

 

    8,352

 

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

3,409,154

 

 

4.44

 

 

331,064

 

———————

(1)

Represents options issued under the 2012 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended. Includes 3,035,783 options granted to current directors and executive officers.

(2)

Represents options issued under the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended. Includes 291,667 options granted to current directors and executive officers.




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


The following table sets forth the number of shares of the Company’s common stock beneficially owned as of August 20, 2019 by (i) those persons known by the Company to be owners of more than 5% of its common stock, (ii) each director and director nominee, (iii) the Named Executive Officers (as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table), and (iv) the Company’s executive officers and directors as a group. Unless otherwise specified in the notes to this table, the address for each person is: c/o ˿Ƶ., 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 505, New York, New York 10001, Attention: Corporate Secretary.


Title of Class

 

Beneficial Owner

 

Amount of

Beneficial

Ownership (1)

 

 

Percent

Beneficially

Owned (1)

 

                                                   

  

 

  

                        

 

 

                        

 

Named Executive Officers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Michael Mathews (2)

 

 

1,136,912

 

 

 

5.9

%

Common Stock

 

Cheri St. Arnauld (3)

 

 

294,056

 

 

 

1.6

%

Common Stock

 

Gerard Wendolowski (4)

 

 

443,150

 

 

 

2.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Frank Cotroneo (5)

 

 

––

 

 

 

––

 

Common Stock

 

Norman D. Dicks (6)

 

 

44,778

 

 

 

*

 

Common Stock

 

C. James Jensen (7)

 

 

295,790

 

 

 

1.6

%

Common Stock

 

Andrew Kaplan (8)

 

 

133,624

 

 

 

*

 

Common Stock

 

Malcolm MacLean (9)

 

 

714,429

 

 

 

3.8

%

Common Stock

 

Sanford Rich (10)

 

 

121,530

 

 

 

*

 

Common Stock

 

All directors and all executive officers as a group (11 persons) (11)

 

 

3,379,535

 

 

 

16.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5% Shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Goudy Park Management, LLC (12)

 

 

1,700,000

 

 

 

9.1

%

Common Stock

 

William Blair Investment Management, LLC (13)

 

 

1,220,498

 

 

 

6.5

%

Common Stock

 

Leon G. Cooperman (14)

 

 

1,192,049

 

 

 

6.3

%

———————

* Less than 1%.


(1)

Beneficial Ownership Note. Applicable percentages are based on 18,932,274 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of August 20, 2019. Beneficial ownership is determined under the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. A person is deemed to be the beneficial owner of securities that can be acquired by such person within 60 days whether upon the exercise of options, warrants or conversion of notes. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table, the Company believes that each of the shareholders named in the table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares of Common Stock indicated as beneficially owned by them. This table does not include any unvested stock options except for those vesting within 60 days.

(2)

Mathews. Mr. Mathews is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Includes (i) 2,917 shares held jointly with his spouse, (ii) 8,334 shares held by a trust of which Mr. Mathews is the trustee, and (iii) 476,544 vested stock options.

(3)

St. Arnauld. Dr. St. Arnauld is our Chief Academic Officer. Includes 270,835 vested stock options.

(4)

Wendolowski. Mr. Wendolowski is our Chief Operating Officer. Includes 425,279 vested stock options.

(5)

Cotroneo. Mr. Cotroneo is a director.

(6)

Dicks. Congressman Dicks is a director. Includes 42,778 vested stock options.

(7)

Jensen. Mr. Jenson is a director. Includes 111,391 vested stock options.

(8)

Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan is a director. Includes 74,167 vested stock options.




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(9)

MacLean. Mr. MacLean is a director. Includes (i) 123,779 shares held jointly with his spouse, (ii) 98,000 shares held by Starfish Partners LLC which Mr. MacLean indirectly controls, (iii) 161,291shares held by Taurus Capital Partners LLC of which Mr. MacLean is the Managing Member, (iv) 18,938 shares held as custodian for the benefit of Mr. MacLean’s children, (v) 173,996 shares held in the name of his IRA and SEP IRA, (vi) 4,500 shares held in trust, (vii) 7,333 shares held in spouse’s IRA, (viii) 86,512 shares held in Star Asia Capital Management LLC DPB Plan U/A 01/01/2015, and (ix) 37,778 vested stock options.

(10)

Rich. Mr. Rich is a director. Includes (i) 2,188 shares held in the name of Mr. Rich’s IRA and (ii) 85,557 vested stock options.

(11)

Directors and Executive Officers as a group. This amount includes ownership by all directors and all current executive officers including those who are not Named Executive Officers under the SEC’s disclosure rules.

(12)

Goudy Park. Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 7, 2019. The managing member of Goudy Park Management, LLC is James W. DeYoung, Jr. Address is 1 N. Franklin Street, Suite 350, Chicago, IL 60606.

(13)

William Blair. Based on a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC on February 13, 2019. Of these shares, William Blair Investment Management, LLC has the (i) sole power to vote or to direct the vote with respect to 1,158,548 shares, and (ii) sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of 1,220,498 shares. Address is 150 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606.

(14)

Cooperman. Includes 192,049 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants held by the family foundation of which Mr. Cooperman is the trustee. Address is St. Andrew’s Country Club, 7118 Melrose Castle Lane, Boca Raton, FL 33496.


Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence


On December 1, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of United States University and, as part of the consideration, issued a $2,000,000 convertible note (the “2017 Note”), bearing 8% annual interest that matured over a two-year period after the closing. At the option of the holder, on each of the first and second anniversaries of the closing date, $1,000,000 of principal and accrued interest under the 2017 Note was convertible into shares of the Company’s Common Stock based on the volume weighted average price per share for the 10 preceding trading days (subject to a floor of $2.00 per share) or become payable in cash. The 2017 Note was subsequently assigned by the holder to a third party and is no longer outstanding.


On July 18, 2018, the Company entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Educacin Significativa for the repurchase of 1,000,000 shares of the Companys Common Stock at $7.40 per share. Ms. Oksana Malysheva, a then director of the Company, is the sole member and manager of Linden Education, which is the sole voting member of Educacin Significativa. The Company simultaneously sold 1,000,000 shares of Common Stock to a large asset manager at the same price or $7.40 per share.


On November 5, 2018, the Company entered into an agreement (the Credit Facility Agreement) providing for a $5 million revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) with the Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation (the “Lender”), of which Mr. Leon Cooperman, a principal shareholder of the Company, is the trustee. Borrowings under the Credit Facility Agreement are evidenced by a revolving promissory note (the “Note”) and bear interest at 12% per annum. The Facility matures on November 4, 2021. Pursuant to the terms of the Credit Facility Agreement, the Company agreed to pay to the Lender a $100,000 one-time upfront facility fee. The Company also agreed to pay to the Lender a commitment fee, payable quarterly at the rate of 2% per annum on the undrawn portion of the Facility. As of the date of this Amendment, the Company has not borrowed any sum under the Facility. Pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, on November 5, 2018 the Company issued to the Lender warrants to purchase 92,049 shares of the Company’s Common Stock exercisable for five years from the date of issuance at the exercise price of $5.85 per share (the “Warrants”). On March 6, 2019, in connection with entering into loan agreements with the Lender and another shareholder of the Company, the Company amended and restated the Credit Facility Agreement and the related revolving promissory note to grant the Lender a first priority lien in certain deposit accounts of the Company, all current and future accounts receivable of Aspen University Inc. and United States University, Inc., subsidiaries of the Company (the “Subsidiaries”), certain of the deposit accounts of the Subsidiaries and all of the outstanding capital stock of the Subsidiaries (the “Collateral”) on a pari passu basis with the other lender.




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On March 6, 2019, the Company entered into a loan agreement with the Lender. The Loan Agreement provides for a $5 million term loan (the “Loan”), evidenced by a term promissory note and security agreement (the “Note”), for proceeds of $5 million. The Loan bears interest at 12% per annum and matures on September 6, 2020, subject to one 12-month extension upon the Company’s option and upon payment of a 1% one-time extension fee. The Company’s obligations under the Loan Agreement are secured by a first priority lien in the Collateral. Concurrently with entering into the Loan Agreement, the Company entered into, and borrowed another $5 million under, a loan agreement with another shareholder of the Company, which is not a related party, on the same terms as are contained in the Loan Agreement.


Item 14.  Principal Accounting Fees and Services


All of the services provided and fees charged by Salberg & Company, P.A. (“Salberg”) our principal accountant, were approved by our Audit Committee.  The following table shows the fees paid to Salberg for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2019 and 2018.  


 

 

Year Ended

April 30,

2019

($)

 

 

Year Ended

April 30,

2018

($)

 

Audit Fees (1)

  

  

227,000

  

  

  

178,000

 

Audit Related Fees (2)

 

 

4,000

 

 

 

57,000

 

Tax Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Total

 

 

231,000

 

 

 

235,000

 

———————

(1)

Audit fees – these fees relate to services rendered for the audits of our annual consolidated financial statements, for the review of our quarterly financial statements, and for services that are normally provided by the auditor in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements including annual filings with the Department of Education.

(2)

Audit related fees – these fees relate to audit related consulting, Registration Statements and other Department of Education audit requirements.


Audit Committee’s Pre-Approval Policy

 

The Audit Committee pre-approves all audit and permissible non-audit services on a case-by-case basis. In its review of non-audit services, the Audit Committee considers whether the engagement could compromise the independence of our independent registered public accounting firm, and whether the reasons of efficiency or convenience is in our best interest to engage our independent registered public accounting firm to perform the services. All of the services provided and fees charged by Salberg were approved by our Audit Committee.




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PART IV

 

ITEM 15.

EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES.

 

(a)

Documents filed as part of the report.


 

(1)

Financial Statements. See Index to Consolidated Financial Statements, which appears on page F-1 hereof.  The financial statements listed in the accompanying Index to Consolidated Financial Statements are filed herewith in response to this Item.


 

(2)

Financial Statements Schedules. All schedules are omitted because they are not applicable or because the required information is contained in the consolidated financial statements or notes included in this report.


 

(3)

Exhibits. The exhibits listed in the accompanying Exhibit Index are filed or incorporated by reference as part of this report.







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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.

 

  

˿Ƶ.

  

  

  

  

  

Date: August 28, 2019

By:

/s/ Michael Mathews

  

  

  

Michael Mathews

  

  

  

Chief Executive Officer

  

  

  

(Principal Executive Officer)

  


 






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EXHIBIT INDEX


 

 

 

 

 

Incorporated by Reference

 

Filed or Furnished

Exhibit #

 

Exhibit Description

 

 

Form

 

Date

 

 

Number

 

Herewith

3.1

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Filed^

3.2

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/15/18

 

 

3.2

 

 

4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

4.2

 

 

 

S-3

 

4/11/18

 

 

4.5

 

 

10.1

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/15/18

 

 

10.11

 

 

10.1(a)

 

 

 

8-K

 

3/22/18

 

 

10.1

 

 

10.2

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/9/17

 

 

10.1

 

 

10.3

 

 

 

10-K

 

7/28/15

 

 

10.19

 

 

10.4

 

 

 

10-K

 

7/25/17

 

 

10.5

 

 

10.5

 

 

 

8-K

 

7/28/17

 

 

10.2

 

 

10.6

 

 

 

8-K

 

7/28/17

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.7

 

 

 

8-K

 

9/12/18

 

 

10.1

 

 

10.8

 

 

 

8-K

 

9/12/18

 

 

10.2

 

 

10.9

 

 

 

8-K

 

11/5/18

 

 

10.1

 

 

10.10

 

 

 

8-K

 

11/5/18

 

 

10.2

 

 

10.11

 

 

 

8-K

 

11/5/18

 

 

4.1

 

 

10.12

 

,

 

10-Q

 

3/11/19

 

 

10.1

 

 

10.13

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/11/19

 

 

10.2

 

 

10.14

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/11/19

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.15

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/11/19

 

 

10.4

 

 

10.16

 

 

 

10-Q

 

3/11/19

 

 

10.5

 

 

10.17

 

 

 

DEF 14A

 

10/31/18

 

 

Annex A

 

 

21.1

 

 

 

10-K

 

7/13/18

 

 

21.1

 

 

23.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

31.1

 

Certification of Principal Executive Officer (302)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed

31.2

 

Certification of Principal Financial Officer (302)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed

32.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furnished**^

101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

101.SCH

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

101.CAL

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

101.DEF

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

101.LAB

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

101.PRE

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed^

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Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

**

This exhibit is being furnished rather than filed and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing, in accordance with Item 601 of Regulation S-K.

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Certain schedules, appendices and exhibits to this agreement have been omitted in accordance with Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. A copy of any omitted schedule and/or exhibit will be furnished supplementally to the Securities and Exchange Commission staff upon request.

^

Previously filed (or, with respect to Exhibit 32.1, furnished) with our 2019 Form 10-K, originally filed with the SEC on July 9, 2019, which is being amended hereby.

 

Copies of this report (including the financial statements) and any of the exhibits referred to above will be furnished at no cost to our shareholders who make a written request to ˿Ƶ., at the address on the cover page of this report, Attention: Corporate Secretary.