Securities Registration: Employee Benefit Plan (s-8)

Date : 05/24/2019 @ 9:51PM
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Securities Registration: Employee Benefit Plan (s-8)

 

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 24, 2019

 

Registration No. 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

_____________________

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

_____________________

 

AUDIOEYE, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware 20-2939845
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

5210 E. Williams Circle, Suite 750

Tucson, Arizona 85711

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

_____________________

 

AudioEye, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan

(Full title of the Plan)

 

Todd A. Bankofier

Chief Executive Officer

AudioEye, Inc.

5210 E. Williams Circle, Suite 750

Tucson, Arizona 85711

(866) 331-5324

_____________________

 

Copy to:

Katherine F. Ashton, Esq.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

120 Broadway, Suite 300

Santa Monica, California

(310) 576-2100

(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

_____________________

 

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. (Check One):

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer x Smaller reporting company x
    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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ¨

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

Title of Securities

to be Registered

Amount to be

Registered (1) (2)

Proposed Maximum

Offering Price Per Share (3)

Proposed Maximum

Aggregate Offering Price (3)

Amount of

Registration Fee (4)

Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share 1,000,000 $7.69 $7,690,000.00 $932.03

 

(1) This Registration Statement covers 1,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.00001 per share (“Common Stock”), of AudioEye, Inc. (the “Registrant”) that are available for issuance under the AudioEye, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).

 

(2) Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement also includes an indeterminate number of shares of Common Stock that may be offered and sold as a result of future stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions under the Plan.

 

(3) Pursuant to Securities Act Rule 457(c) and Rule 457(h), the maximum offering price, per share and in the aggregate, was calculated upon the basis of the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on May 23, 2019, as reported on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

 

(4) Determined in accordance with Section 6(b) of the Securities Act at a rate equal to $121.20 per $1,000,000 of the proposed maximum aggregate offering price.

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

Item 1. Plan Information.

 

Information required by Part I of the Form S-8 to be contained in the Section 10(a) prospectus is omitted from this Registration Statement in accordance with Rule 428 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and the Note to the instructions to Part I of Form S-8.

 

Item 2. Registrant Information and Employee Plan Annual Information.

 

Information required by Part I of the Form S-8 to be contained in the Section 10(a) prospectus is omitted from this Registration Statement in accordance with Rule 428 under the Securities Act, and the Note to the instructions to Part I of Form S-8.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

 

The following documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and made a part hereof:

 

1. The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on March 27, 2019;

 

2. The Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 filed with the Commission on May 14, 2019;

 

3. The portions of the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Commission on April 5, 2019, that are incorporated by reference into the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018;

 

4. The Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on February 12, 2019 , March 1, 2019 and May 14, 2019 (in each case only to the extent filed and not furnished); and

 

5. The description of the Registrant’s Common Stock as contained in its Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Commission on September 4, 2018 (File No. 333-227183).

 

All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to filing a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing such documents, except for the documents, or portions thereof, that are “furnished” (e.g., the portions of those documents set forth under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K or other information “furnished” to the Commission) rather than filed with the Commission. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated herein by reference shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement.

 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

None.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorizes a corporation in its certificate of incorporation to eliminate or limit personal liability of directors of the corporation for violations of the directors’ fiduciary duty of care. However, directors remain liable for breaches of duties of loyalty, failing to act in good faith, engaging in intentional misconduct, knowingly violating a law, paying a dividend or approving a stock repurchase which was illegal under Delaware General Corporation Law Section 174 or obtaining an improper personal benefit. In addition, equitable remedies for breach of fiduciary duty of care, such as injunction or recession, are available.

 

The Registrant’s Bylaws include the following provisions:

 

“The Corporation shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Corporation) by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fine and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believes to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.  The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not, of itself, create a presumption that the person did not act in good faith and in a manner which he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interest of the Corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had reasonable cause to believe that his conduct was unlawful.”

 

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law empowers a corporation to indemnify any person who was or is party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer or agent of the corporation or another enterprise if serving at the request of the corporation. Depending on the character of the proceeding, a corporation may indemnify against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if the person indemnified acted in good faith and, in respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful. In the case of an action by or in the right of the corporation, no indemnification may be made with respect to any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the Court of Chancery or the court in which such action or suit was brought shall determine that despite the adjudication of liability such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses which the court shall deem proper. Section 145 further provides that to the extent a director, officer, employee or agent of a corporation has been successful in the defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to above or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, he shall be indemnified against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection therewith.

 

The Registrant’s Bylaws permit it to purchase insurance on behalf of such person against any liability asserted against him and incurred by him in any such capacity, or arising out of his status as such, whether or not the Registrant would have the power to indemnify him against such liability under the foregoing provision of the Bylaws.

 

“The Corporation shall have power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against any liability asserted against him and incurred by him in any such capacity, or arising out of his status as such, whether or not the Corporation would have the power to indemnify him against such liability under the provisions of this Article VI.”

 

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The Registrant holds an insurance policy covering its directors and officers under which the insurer agrees to pay, with some exclusions, for any claim made against the Registrant’s directors and officers for a wrongful act that they may become legally obligated to pay or for which the Registrant is required to indemnify its directors or officers.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted for the Registrant’s directors, officers and controlling persons under the above provisions, or otherwise, the Commission has advised the Registrant that, in its opinion, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of it in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

None.

 

Item 8. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.   Description
5.1   Opinion of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
23.1   Consent of MaloneBailey, LLP
23.2   Consent of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)
24.1   Power of Attorney (set forth on signature page hereto)
99.1*   AudioEye, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on May 14, 2019)

 

* Incorporated herein by reference as indicated

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

(a) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

 

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and

 

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this Registration Statement or any material change to such information in this Registration Statement.

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.

 

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(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(b) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Tucson, State of Arizona, on May 24, 2019.

 

  AUDIOEYE, INC.
     
     
  By: /s/ Todd A. Bankofier
    Todd A. Bankofier
    Chief Executive Officer

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Todd A. Bankofier the undersigned’s true lawful attorney-in-fact, as agent with full power of substitution and resubstitution for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacity, to sign any or all amendments to this Registration Statement and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto such attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully and to all intents and purposes as they might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signature   Title   Date
         
/s/ Dr. Carr Bettis   Executive Chairman, Director    
Dr. Carr Bettis   and Principal Executive Officer   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Todd A. Bankofier        
Todd A. Bankofier   Chief Executive Officer   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Sachin Barot        
Sachin Barot   Chief Financial Officer   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Sean Bradley   President, Chief Strategy    
Sean Bradley   Officer and Secretary   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Anthony Coelho        
Anthony Coelho   Director   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Ernest Purcell        
Ernest Purcell   Director   May 24, 2019
         
/s/ Alexandre Zyngier        
Alexandre Zyngier   Director   May 24, 2019

 

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