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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 14—Commitments and Contingencies


We may become a party to litigation in the normal course of business. We accrue for open claims based on our historical experience and available insurance coverage. In the opinion of management, there are no legal matters involving us that would have a material adverse effect upon our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.




We lease our office facility, research and development facility and equipment under operating leases, which for the most part, are renewable. The leases also provide that we pay insurance and taxes. Our primary operating lease expired on December 31, 2016 and we extended the lease for a three-month period ending March 31, 2017 at a reduced interim rate. We signed a new lease in February 2017 for a separate facility and moved into our new headquarters facilities in April 2017.


Through March 31, 2017, our headquarters was located at 9400 Toledo Way, Irvine, California 92618.  The property consisted of a mixed use commercial office, production, and warehouse facility of 32,649 square feet and expired December 31, 2016. We extended the lease at a reduced rate until March 31, 2017.  The monthly rent was $15,000 per month for the three months ended March 31, 2017. As of April 1, 2017, our headquarters are located at 8965 Research Drive, Irvine, California 92618 and consists of a mixed use commercial office of 4,960 square feet. From January through March 2017, our monthly rent was $15,000 for the Toledo Way property holdover and, from April 1, 2017, our monthly rent is $10,168 per month, with annual escalations on April 1, 2018 to $10,473 per month and on April 1, 2019 to $10,787 per month for the Research Drive property. The Toledo Way lease terminated on April 1, 2017 and the Research Drive property lease expires on March 31, 2020.


Future minimum rental payments under operating leases that have initial noncancelable lease terms in excess of one year as of June 30, 2017 are as follows:


 Six months ending December 31, 2017   $ 61,000  
Year ending December 31, 2018     125,000  
Year ending December 31, 2019     128,000  
Year ending December 31, 2020     32,000  
Total   $ 346,000  


In addition, we lease space from the Regents of the University of California, Irvine, for the installation and demonstration of the EC250 equipment. The lease expired on January 1, 2015 and reverted to a month-to-month lease with a monthly payment of $7,780. The university will provide certain goods and services including certain research and development services.


Standby Letter of Credit 


Pursuant to the terms of the CLA, the Company is required to provide a backstop security of $2.1 million to secure performance of certain obligations under the CLA (the “Backstop Security”). Effective November 2, 2015, the Company executed that certain Backstop Security Support Agreement (the “Support Agreement”), pursuant to which an investor agreed to provide the Company with financial and other assistance (including the provision of sufficient and adequate collateral) as necessary in order for the Company to obtain a $2.1 million letter of credit acceptable to Dresser-Rand as the Backstop Security and with an expiration date of June 30, 2017 (“Letter of Credit”). If the investor is required to make any payments on the Letter of Credit, subject to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement (as defined below), the Company must reimburse the investor the full amount of any such payment. Such payment obligation is secured by a pledge of certain collateral of the Company pursuant to a Security Agreement dated November 2, 2015 (“Security Agreement”), and the security interest in favor of and the payment obligations to the investor are subject to the terms of that certain Subordination and Intercreditor Agreement executed concurrently with the Support Agreement and Security Agreement (the “Intercreditor Agreement”) by and among the investor, the Company and the collateral agent pursuant to the Senior Notes.


The term of the Company’s obligations under the Support Agreement (the “Term”) commenced on November 2, 2015, the issuance date of the Letter of Credit, and will terminate on the earliest of: (a) replacement of the Letter of Credit with an alternative Backstop Security in favor of Dresser-Rand, (b) Dresser-Rand eliminating the Backstop Security requirement under the CLA, or (c) the last day of the twenty-fourth calendar month following the commencement of the Term. In consideration of the investor’s support commitment, the Company paid the investor a one-time fee equal to 4% of the amount of the Letter of Credit and is obligated to pay a monthly fee equal to 1% of the amount of the Letter of Credit for the first twelve months. If the Support Agreement has not terminated after the initial twelve months, the Company will pay another one-time fee equal to 4% of the amount of the Letter of Credit, and a monthly fee equal to 2% of the amount of the Letter of Credit for up to another twelve months.


Amendments to Backstop Security and Senior Notes


Effective as of April 27, 2017, the Company executed a First Amendment to the Support Agreement (the “BSSA Amendment”), with the individual investor. The BSSA Amendment is intended to conform the terms of the Support Agreement and related Letter of Credit to the terms of the CMLA. The BSSA Amendment (i) reduces the security obligation underlying the Letter of Credit from $2.1 million to $500,000, consistent with the current terms of the CMLA, (ii) extends the term of the backstop security to March 31, 2018, (iii) reduces the related fee payable under the Support Agreement to 1% per month for the remainder of the term, (iv) provided for the amendment and restatement of the warrant issued to the investor in connection with the execution of the Support Agreement in order to reduce the exercise price per share of common stock of to $3.00 and insert a beneficial ownership blocker provision at 4.99% (as amended and restated, the “Restated Warrant”) and (v) provided that the Company would issue the investor an additional warrant to purchase 41,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share, subject to a 4.99% beneficial ownership blocker.


In connection with the execution of the BSSA Amendment, on April 27, 2017, we and certain investors holding Senior Notes executed first amendments to such Senior Notes to revise the definition of “Backstop Agreement” to include any amendments, restatements, supplements or other modifications thereof, as may be permitted thereunder.