Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Employee Stock Options

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Employee Stock Options
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Employee Stock Options [Abstract]  
EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTIONS
9. EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTIONS

 

One June 1, 2015, the Company issued an option award to an employee for 37,500 shares vesting over three years with an exercise price of $10.80 and expiration date of May 4, 2019. During the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, $37,734 and $80,226 compensation expense was recognized on these 37,500 options, respectively.

 

On January 9, 2017, the Company issued an option to purchase 100,000 shares of common stock with an exercise price of $2.90 per share to a director. The option vests 50,000 after one year from grant date and another 50,000 two years from grant date with an expiration date of four years from grant date provided that the Director is still providing service to the Company.

 

The Company used the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value on the date of grant of the 100,000 options granted during the six months ended June 30, 2017.

 

The following table summarizes the assumptions used to estimate the fair value of the 100,000 stock options granted during the six months ended June 30, 2017 on the date of grant.

 

      2017  
         
  Expected dividend yield     0 %
  Expected volatility     100 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.50 %
  Expected life of options     2.50-3.00 years  

 

Under the Black-Scholes option pricing model, the fair value of the 100,000 options granted during the six months ended June 30, 2017 is estimated at $174,173 on the date of grant. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, $64,530 compensation expense was recognized on these 100,000 options.

 

During 2016, the Company granted 65,000 common stock options to employees for service provided. Of these, 50,000 options were granted to two employees and were immediately vested with an exercise price of $2.91 and the expiration date is April 27, 2019. One of these employees terminated and did not exercise her 10,000 options resulting in the expiration of the option. Another 5,000 options were immediately vested and were granted with an exercise price of $3.77 and the expiration date is July 29, 2019. Another employee received 10,000 options with two-year vesting and an exercise price of $3.00 and an expiration date of December 6, 2019. The employee who received 5,000 options in July 2016 was terminated and did not exercise his options resulting in the expiration of a total of 5,000 options. The Company recognized $95,649 in compensation for the first six months ended June 30, 2016 on these options.

 

The Company used the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value on the date of grant of the 10,000 stock-based awards that continue to vest during the six months ended June 30, 2017. 

 

The following table summarizes the assumptions used to estimate the fair value of the 10,000 outstanding stock options granted during 2016 on the date of grant:

 

      2016
       
  Expected dividend yield     0 %
  Expected volatility     102 %
  Risk-free interest rate     1.24-1.38 %
  Expected life of options     2.00-2.50 years  

 

Under the Black-Scholes option price model, fair value of the options granted during 2016 is estimated at $16,889 on the date of grant. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, $6,236 compensation expense was recognized on these 10,000 options.

 

The following table represents stock option activity as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2017:

 

      Number of Options     Weighted 
Average
Exercise Price per Share
    Weighted Average Contractual Life in Years     Aggregate Intrinsic Value  
  Outstanding – December 31, 2016     442,500     $ 5.81     $ 1.72          
  Exercisable – December 31, 2016     407,500     $ 5.57     $ 1.65     $          0  
  Granted     100,000     $ 2.90                  
  Exercised or Vested     12,500     $ 10.80                  
  Cancelled or Expired     (7,500 )   $ 4.18                  
  Outstanding – June 30, 2017     535,000     $ 5.29       1.18     $ 0  
  Exercisable – June 30, 2017     412,500     $ 5.75       1.17     $ 0