Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 7 - Commitments and Contingencies


Operating Leases


The Company leases facilities, equipment, and vehicles under non-cancelable operating leases. Rent expense for the years ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 was $151,458 and $140,946, respectively. Future minimum lease payments under these leases are approximately $96,000 for the year ending June 30, 2020.




As of June 30, 2018, the Company had a standby letter-of-credit with a bank in the amount of $1,000,000, which was classified as restricted cash on the balance sheets. The beneficiary of the letter-of-credit is an insurance company. Upon its termination on June 22, 2019, the letter-of-credit was renewed with the required balance reduced to $500,000. Accordingly, the restricted cash on the balance sheets as of June 30, 2019 is $500,000.




From time to time, the Company may be involved in litigation relating to claims arising out of its operations in the normal course of business. The Company will accrue a liability for such matters when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount can be reasonably estimated. When only a range of possible loss can be established, the most probable amount in the range is accrued. If no amount within this range is a better estimate than any other amount within the range, the minimum amount in the range is accrued. The accrual for a litigation loss contingency might include, for example, estimates of potential damages, outside legal fees and other directly related costs expected to be incurred. As of June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, there were no legal proceedings requiring recognition or disclosure in the financial statements.


Employment Agreement


In connection with the consummation of the Mergers, Ms. Jessica Billingsley and Akerna entered into an employment agreement, dated June 17, 2019 (the "Billingsley Employment Agreement"). Under the terms of the Billingsley Employment Agreement, Ms. Billingsley serves at the Chief Executive Officer of Akerna, at will, and must devote substantially all of her working time, skill and attention to her position and to the business and interests of Akerna (except for customary exclusions).


Akerna will pay Ms. Billingsley an annual base salary in the amount of $250,000. The base salary subject to (i) review at least annually by board of directors of Akerna for increase, but not decrease, and (ii) automatic increase by an amount equal to $50,000 from its then current level on the date upon which Akerna's aggregate, gross consolidated trailing twelve month (TTM) revenue equals the product of (x) two multiplied by (y) Akerna's aggregate, gross consolidated trailing twelve month (TTM) revenue as the Closing. Within 10 days of the Closing, Akerna also paid to Ms. Billingsley a single lump sum of $95,000.


Ms. Billingsley will be eligible for an annual bonus (the "Annual Bonus") with respect to each fiscal year ending during her employment. Her target annual cash bonus shall be in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of her base salary (the "Target Bonus") with the opportunity to earn greater than the Target Bonus upon achievement of above target performance. The amount of the Annual Bonus shall be determined by the board of directors of Akerna on the basis of fulfillment of the objective performance criteria established in its reasonable discretion. The performance criteria for any particular fiscal year shall be set no later than 90 days after the commencement of the relevant fiscal year. As of June 30, 2019, Ms. Billingsley's bonus accrual was approximately $215,000.


Ms. Billingsley is entitled to participate in annual equity awards and employee benefits. She is indemnified by Akerna to for any and all expenses (including advancement and payment of attorneys' fees) and losses arising out of or relating to any of her actual or alleged acts, omissions, negligence or active or passive wrongdoing, including, the advancement of expenses she incurs. The foregoing indemnification is in addition to the indemnification provided to her by Akerna pursuant to her Indemnification Agreement.


The Billingsley Employment Agreement also contains noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions that apply through her employment and for a term of 1 year thereafter, and which are in addition to the noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions prescribed under the Non-Competition Agreements below.


Employee Benefit Plan


The Company has a 401(k) Plan (the "Plan") to provide retirement benefits for its employees. Employees may contribute up to 100% of their annual compensation to the Plan, limited to a maximum annual amount as updated annually by the IRS. The Company does not offer a match of employee contributions nor any discretionary contributions.


Insurance Claim


In March 2018, the Company received approximately $940,000 in proceeds, net of legal fees, from an insurance claim related to business interruption, which was included as a component of selling, general, and administrative operating expenses on the statement of operations.