Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Subsequent Events

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Subsequent Events
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2015
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent Events
Subsequent Events
Sale of the Services Business
On July 21, 2015, the Company completed the sale of the Company’s Services Business pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, with an effective date of July 17, 2015, with Accuratus Lab Services, Inc. a private-equity backed process chemistry, formulation, manufacturing and analytical development services provider, for an aggregate purchase price of $3,875, subject to a working capital adjustment of $824, which reduced the proceeds at closing. In addition, a portion of the consideration payable at closing equal to $500 was withheld and is subject to an escrow for a period of 12 months from the date of closing to satisfy indemnification obligations of the Company in connection with breaches of any representation and warranties and other customary obligations under the terms of the Agreement. The net cash consideration received by us upon closing in July 2015 was $2,549, after adjusting for the items described above and a nominal escrow fee.
As a condition to the execution of the Agreement, Accuratus is assuming the Company’s post-closing obligation under its facility lease in Durham, North Carolina (see Note 5). The Company and its retained employees will continue to operate from the Durham facility immediately after the closing for a period of up to six months pursuant to a facility license and a transition services agreement. In addition, under a Transition Services Agreement, Accuratus will provide accounting, IT, payroll, personnel and human resources support, and equity compensation plan administration support services to the Company at rates ranging from one hundred to two hundred dollars per hour for a period of time not to extend beyond December 31, 2015.
In connection with the sale of the Services Business, each of the Company’s non-executive officer employees principally providing services to the Services Business have either accepted continued employment with Accuratus or has terminated in connection with the transaction contemplated by the Agreement. Pursuant to the Services Business Plan described in Note 13, the Company paid cash totaling approximately $215 to certain non-executive employees of the Services Business as an incentive payment upon the closing of the sale transaction in July 2015. In addition, all non-executive employees of the Services Business will be eligible to receive a cash retention compensation payment from the Company on the earlier of (i) the six month anniversary of the closing of the sale transaction, provided that they remain employed by Accuratus as of such date, or (ii) the date of termination of such employee by Accuratus without good cause. Maximum cash retention compensation payments could total approximately $814 under the Services Business Plan, if all service business employees remain eligible pursuant to the terms of the Services Business Plan. The Company incurred these obligations on the date of the sale of the Services Business in July 2015; therefore, the compensation expense associated with these will be recognized during the quarterly period ended September 30, 2015.
In addition, the stock options held by each non-executive employee of the Services Business were modified immediately prior to the closing of the sale transaction in July 2015 to provide: (i) accelerated vesting of all unvested stock options as of the closing of the sale transaction and (ii) an extension to the existing 90-day post-employment option exercise period, which varies for each employee based upon years of service, with a maximum exercise period of 48 months. As of June 30, 2015, the non-executive employees of the Services Business held outstanding options to purchase 37,517 shares of the Company's common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $9.62 per share, including unvested options to purchase 23,052 shares at a weighted average exercise price of $9.61 per share. The incremental stock compensation expense associated with these modifications will be recognized during the quarterly period ended September 30, 2015.
The Company entered into an agreement with a third party firm to assist the Company in exploring the divestiture of its Services Business. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, in the event that the Company was able to complete a divestiture of the Services Business to a third-party, the Company was obligated to pay a success fee to the third party firm for the greater of $500 or 4% of the transaction consideration. The Company paid and expensed an initial retainer prior to the closing of the Service Business sale transaction, and then paid a $450 remaining success fee due to the third party firm in July 2015 in connection with the closing of the sale transaction.
Commitment to Services Agreement
On July 17, 2015, the Company and Accuratus also entered into the Services Agreement pursuant to which Accuratus will provide the Company with certain contract research and development services for 18 months (the "Initial Term") following the closing of the sale of the Services Business for a minimum purchase obligation on the part of the Company of at least $3,300 over the Initial Term of the Services Agreement. The purpose of the Services Agreement is to replace services that were previously provided internally by employees of the Company prior to the sale of the Services Business. The employees performing these services became employees of Accuratus in connection with this sale transaction.
New Facilities Lease
On July 13, 2015, the Company entered into a sublease (the "Sublease") that became effective July 22, 2015, to sublet certain premises consisting of 10,141 square feet of space (the "Subleased Premises") located at 101 Hudson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey from Optimer Pharmaceutical, Inc. The term of the Sublease commences on August 1, 2015 (the "Commencement Date") and is scheduled to expire on July 30, 2018. No base rent is due under the Sublease until one month after the Commencement Date. Under the Sublease, the Company is obligated to pay monthly base rent of approximately $25 per month, which amount increases by 3% annually on each anniversary of the Commencement Date. In addition, the Company was required to fund a security deposit with the sublandlord in the amount of $74.
Compensatory Arrangement with Executive Officer
On July 21, 2015, Yves J. Ribeill, Ph.D., President and a member of the Company’s board of directors, resigned as President. Dr. Ribeill will continue to serve on the board of directors. The Company and Dr. Ribeill entered into an agreement, effective July 21, 2015, for certain payments and benefits (the “Separation Agreement”), pursuant to which Dr. Ribeill will receive: (i) a cash payment of approximately $100 upon the effective date of his resignation; (ii) cash severance payments totaling approximately $900, paid over 12 months commencing with the first payroll period following the resignation date; (iii) a payment representing a contribution Dr. Ribeill can use towards continuing COBRA premiums for medical, dental, and vision group health coverage after the resignation date, and (iv) the vesting and exercisability of all outstanding options held by Dr. Ribeill will be accelerated in full on the effective date of resignation, with the exception of options granted pursuant to the 1999 Plan, and the post-employment option exercise period will be extended from 90-days to 48 months. As of July 23, 2015, Dr. Ribeill held 84,613 vested options and 183,268 unvested options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average exercise price of $9.61 and $9.41 per share, respectively.