|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Stockholders' Equity Note [Abstract]|
|Shareholders' Equity and Share-based Payments [Text Block]||
Note 7 - Stockholders’ Equity
The Company is authorized to issue 50,000,000 common shares with a par value of $0.0001 per share, of which 15,000,000 shares are designated as “Class A common stock”. As of December 31, 2016, there were 7,000,000 shares of Class A common stock issued and outstanding to Fortress. Dividends are to be distributed pro-rata to the Class A and common stock holders. The holders of common stock are entitled to one vote per share of common stock held. The Class A common stock holders are entitled to a number of votes per share equal to 1.1 times a fraction the numerator of which is the sum of the shares of outstanding common stock and the denominator of which is the number of shares of Class A common stock. Accordingly, the holder of shares of Class A common stock will be able to control or significantly influence all matters requiring approval by our stockholders, including the election of directors and the approval of mergers or other business combination transactions. Each share of Class A common stock is convertible, at the option of the holder thereof, into one (1) fully paid and non-assessable share of common stock subject to adjustment for stock splits and combinations.
Offerings of Common Stock and Warrants
In December 2015, the Company closed on gross proceeds of $57.8 million, before commissions and expenses, in a series of private placement financings. Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $51.5 million. The financing involved the sale of units, each consisting of 10,000 shares of common stock and a warrant exercisable for 2,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $7.00 per share, for a purchase price of $50,000 per unit. The warrants have a five-year term and are only exercisable for cash.
In February 2016, the Company closed on proceeds of $0.6 million in a private placement of shares and warrants to Opus Point Healthcare Fund GP, LLC, a fund managed by Opus Point Partners Management, LLC, a related party. The financing involved the sale of units, each consisting of 10,000 shares of common stock and a warrant exercisable for 3,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $7.00 per share, for a purchase price of $45,000 per unit. The warrants have a five-year term and are only exercisable for cash. The Company issued 126,640 unregistered shares of common stock and 44,324 warrants in connection with this transaction. Due to the absence of a placement agent in this transaction, the net proceeds to, and warrants issued by, the Company were consistent with terms of the December 2015 third-party financing, which included the payment of fees and issuance of warrants to a placement agent.
Pursuant to the Founders Agreement, the Company issued 3,166 shares to Fortress, representing 2.5% of the aggregate number of shares of common stock issued in the offering noted above. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded expense of approximately $14,000, related to this stock grant, which is included in general and administrative expenses in the Company's Statements of Operations.
Also pursuant to the Founders Agreement, the Company issued 721,699 and 688,755 shares of common stock to Fortress, representing 2.5% of the fully-diluted outstanding equity of Checkpoint, on March 17, 2017 and 2016, respectively (see Note 4). The Company recorded the Annual Equity Fee in connection with the Founders Agreement with Fortress as contingent consideration. Contingent consideration is recorded when probable and reasonably estimable. The Company’s future share prices and shares outstanding cannot be estimated prior to the issuance of the Annual Equity Fee due to the nature of its assets and the Company’s stage of development. Due to these uncertainties, the Company concluded that it could not reasonably estimate the contingent consideration until shares were actually issued on March 17. Because the issuance of shares on March 17, 2017 and 2016 occurred prior to the issuance of the December 31, 2016 and 2015 financial statements, the Company recorded $3.9 million and $3.0 million in research and development expenses during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Equity Incentive Plan
The Company has in effect the Amended and Restated 2015 Incentive Plan (“2015 Incentive Plan’). The 2015 Incentive Plan was adopted in March 2015 by our stockholders. Under the 2015 Incentive Plan, the compensation committee of the Company’s board of directors is authorized to grant stock-based awards to directors, officers, employees and consultants. The plan authorizes grants to issue up to 2,000,000 shares of authorized but unissued common stock and expires 10 years from adoption and limits the term of each option to no more than 10 years from the date of grant.
Total shares available for the issuance of stock-based awards under the Company’s 2015 Incentive Plan was 321,000 shares at December 31, 2016.
In March 2015, the Company issued a restricted stock grant to Dr. Marasco for services in connection with its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Marasco was issued a grant for 1.5 million shares of common stock, which vested 25% on the first anniversary of the grant date and monthly thereafter for 48 months. The Company valued the restricted stock utilizing a discounted cash flow model to determine the weighted market value of invested capital, discounted by a lack of marketability of 44.8% and a weighted average cost of capital of 30%, resulting in a value of $0.065 per share on grant date. At December 31, 2015, the Company re-measured this non-employee restricted stock utilizing a market approach, based upon a third party financing. Such valuation resulted in a value of $4.39 per share utilizing a volatility of 83%, a risk free rate of return of 1.5% and a term of five years. At December 31, 2016, the Company re-measured this non-employee restricted stock utilizing a market approach, based primarily upon a third party financing. Such valuation resulted in a value of $5.43 per share utilizing a volatility of 80%, a risk free rate of return of 2.10% and a term of five years. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, in connection with this grant, the Company recorded expense of $2.5 million and $3.0 million, respectively, in research and development expenses on the Company’s Statements of Operations.
Certain employees and directors have been awarded restricted stock under the 2015 Incentive Plan. The Company incurred approximately $1.3 million and $0.3 million, respectively, related to stock-based compensation expense for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, which is included in general and administrative expenses on the Company’s Statements of Operations. The Company incurred approximately $58,000 related to stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2016, which is included in research and development expenses on the Company’s Statements of Operations There were no related expense recognized during the same period in 2015.
The following table summarizes restricted stock award activity for the year ended December 31, 2016.
As of December 31, 2016, there was $4.3 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested restricted stock, which is expected to be recognized over weighted-average period of 1.8 years. This amount does not include 333,334 shares of restricted stock outstanding as of December 31, 2016 which are performance-based and vest upon achievement of certain corporate milestones. Stock-based compensation for these awards will be measured and recorded if and when it is probable that the milestone will be achieved.
During 2016, 60,000 stock options were granted to a consultant under the 2015 Incentive Plan with a $5.43 exercise price and a ten-year life. The stock options were valued using a Black-Scholes model with the following assumptions; volatility of 100.65%, risk free rate of 2.6% and effective life of 10 years.
The following table summarizes stock option award activity for the year ended December 31, 2016.
The weighted average remaining amortization period is approximately 10.0 years at December 31, 2016.
A summary of warrant activities for year ended December 31, 2016 is presented below:
Upon the exercise of warrants, the Company will issue new shares of its common stock.
The following table summarizes stock-based compensation expense for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 ($ in thousands).
The entire disclosure for accounts comprising shareholders' equity, comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, including other comprehensive income, and compensation-related costs for equity-based compensation. Includes, but is not limited to, disclosure of policies, compensation plan details, equity-based arrangements to obtain goods and services, deferred compensation arrangements, and employee stock purchase plan details.
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