10-Q 1 f10q0322_applied.htm QUARTERLY REPORT

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2022

 

OR

 

Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the transition period from __________ to __________

 

Commission File Number 001-14015

 

APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware   77-0262908
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (IRS Employer
Identification Number)
     
9070 S. Rita Road, Suite 1500
Tucson, Arizona
  85747
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (520) 628-7415

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒   No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes ☒   No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a 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: Smaller reporting company:
  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 13(a) of the exchange act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act) Yes ☐   No

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   AERG   OTCQB

 

As of May 10, 2022, there were 207,692,878 shares of the issuer’s common stock, par value $.001 per share, outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
   
ITEM 1. Condensed Consolidated Unaudited Financial Statements 1
     
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2022 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2021 1
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (Unaudited) 2
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (Unaudited) 3
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (Unaudited) 4
     
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Unaudited Financial Statements 5
     
ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 15
     
ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures 20
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
   
ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings 21
     
ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 21
     
ITEM 6. Exhibits 21
     
SIGNATURES 22

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2022   2021 
   (unaudited)     
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents  $2,551,870   $3,662,615 
Other receivable   
-
    
-
 
Other assets   251,751    43,391 
Total current assets   2,803,621    3,706,006 
           
Long-term assets          
Security deposit   17,004    17,004 
Property and equipment - net   207,056    206,810 
Deferred compensation   208,333    416,666 
Right of use asset - operating   516,948    544,670 
Total long-term assets   949,341    1,185,150 
Total assets  $3,752,962   $4,891,156 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable  $140,939   $195,381 
Notes payable   1,175,435    1,000,001 
Notes payable CARES Act PPP Loan   6,770    24,189 
Due to related parties   50,000    50,000 
Operating lease liability - current   85,666    76,227 
Accrued expenses   19,609    21,870 
Accrued dividends   48,079    48,079 
Total current liabilities   1,526,499    1,415,747 
Long-term liabilities        
 
 
           
Operating lease liability - non-current   484,556    507,188 
Total long-term assets   484,556    507,188 
           
Total liabilities   2,011,055    1,922,935 
Stockholders’ Equity          
Series A convertible preferred stock, $.001 par value,  2,000,000 shares authorized and 13,602 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 (Liquidation preference $340,050 and $340,050, respectively)   14    14 
Common stock, $.001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 207,692,878 and 207,562,461 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and at December 31, 2021, respectively   207,692    207,562 
Additional paid-in capital   101,007,609    100,452,862 
Accumulated deficit   (99,473,407)   (97,692,217)
Total stockholders’ equity   1,741,908    2,968,221 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  $3,752,962   $4,891,156 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

   For the
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   2022   2021 
Operating expenses        
General and administrative  $1,628,489   $943,619 
Selling and marketing   76,670    94,328 
Research and development   75,987    47,808 
Total operating expenses   1,781,146    1,085,755 
           
Operating loss   (1,781,146)   (1,085,755)
           
Other income (expense)          
Interest expense   (44)   (683)
Total other income (expense)   (44)   (683)
           
Net loss before provision for income taxes   (1,781,190)   (1,086,438)
           
Provision for income taxes   
-
    
-
 
           
Net loss   (1,781,190)   (1,086,438)
           
Preferred stock dividends   (8,501)   (8,501)
           
Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $(1,789,691)  $(1,094,939)
           
Net Loss per common share – basic and diluted  $(0.01)  $(0.01)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   207,663,896    195,372,061 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2022 AND 2021

(Unaudited)

 

   Preferred Stock   Common Stock   Additional
Paid-In
   Accumulated   Total (Deficit) Equity
Attributable to MGT
   Total
Stockholders’
(Deficit)
 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Stockholders   Equity 
Balance at December 31, 2021   13,602   $           14    207,562,461    207,562   $100,452,862   $(97,692,217)  $                  -   $2,968,221 
RSU restricted Stock   -    -    130,417    130    (130)   
-
    -    - 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    -    -    554,877    
-
    
-
    554,877 
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2022   -    
-
    -    
             -
    
-
    (1,781,190)   
-
    (1,781,190)
Balance at March 31, 2022  13,602   $14    207,692,878    $207,692   $101,007,609   $(99,473,407)  $-   $1,741,908 

 

   Preferred Stock   Common Stock   Additional
Paid-In
   Accumulated   Total (Deficit) Equity
Attributable to MGT
   Total
Stockholders’
(Deficit) 
 
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Stockholders   Equity 
Balance at December 31, 2020   13,602   $         14    190,529,320    190,529   $93,778,591   $(92,266,764)  $     441,453   $1,702,370 
RSU restricted Stock   -    -    31,250    31    4,519    
-
    -    4,550 
Stock-based compensation   -    
-
    -    
-
    170,029         
-
    170,029 
Common stock issued on cashless exercise of options and warrant   -    -    1,005,682    1,006    (1,006)   
-
    
-
    
-
 
Common stock issued on exercise of options and warrant   -    
-
    600,000    600    41,400    
-
    
-
    42,000 
Common stock issued on exercise of convertible note   -    -    158,329    158    47,340    
-
    
-
    47,498 
Sale of common stock   -    -    7,056,250    7,056    2,250,944    
-
    
-
    2,258,000 
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021   -    
-
    -    
-
    
-
    (1,086,438)   -    (1,086,438)
Balance at March 30, 2021   13,602   $14    199,380,831   $199,380   $96,291,817   $(93,353,202)  $(1,709)  $3,138,010 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited) 

 

    FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31,
 
    2022     2021  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities            
Net loss   $ (1,781,190 )   $ (1,086,438 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Noncash stock based compensation expense     554,877       174,579  
Depreciation and amortization     6,209       4,276  
Amortization of future compensation payable     208,333       208,335  
Amortization of prepaid assets     43,407       43,124  
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Other receivable    
-
      (17,004 )
Other assets    
-
      (31,413 )
Prepaid and deposits     (251,767 )    
-
 
Operating lease liabilities     14,529      
-
 
Accounts payable     (54,442 )     (23,358 )
Accrued interest    
-
      526  
Accrued expenses and compensation     (2,261 )     81,763  
Net cash used in operating activities     (1,262,305 )     (645,610 )
                 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities                
Purchase of equipment     (6,455 )     (70,657 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (6,455 )     (70,657 )
                 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities                
Proceeds from sale of common stock    
-
      2,258,000  
Repayment on note payable     (17,420 )     (513,023 )
Proceeds from note payable     175,435      
-
 
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants    
-
      42,000  
Net cash provided by financing activities     158,015       1,786,977  
                 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (1,110,745 )     1,070,710  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period.     3,662,615       3,323,290  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period.   $ 2,551,870     $ 4,394,000  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information                
Cash paid for interest   $ 44     $ 355  
Cash paid for taxes   $
-
    $
-
 
Non-cash investing and financing activities                
Insurance financing for prepaid insurance   $ 175,435     $ 117,209  
Equipment investing in accounts payable   $
-
    $ 64,107  
Common stock issued for repayment of convertible notes   $
-
    $ 47,499  

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION OF BUSINESS, GOING CONCERN AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Applied Energetics, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary North Star Power Engineering, Inc. (“North Star”) (collectively, “company,” “Applied Energetics,” “AERG”, “we,” “our” or “us”). All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information, the instructions for Form 10-Q and the rules and regulations of the SEC. Accordingly, since they are interim statements, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for annual financial statements, but reflect all adjustments consisting of normal, recurring adjustments, that are necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for any future periods. The December 31, 2021, balance sheet information was derived from the audited financial statements as of that date. The interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the company’s audited consolidated financial statements contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Going Concern

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. For the three-months ended March 31, 2022, the company incurred a net loss of $1,781,190, had negative cash flows from operations of $1,262,305 and may incur additional future losses due to the reduction in government contract activity. At March 31, 2022, the company had total current assets of $2,803,621 and total current liabilities of $1,526,499 resulting in working capital of $1,277,122. At March 31, 2022, the company had cash of $2,551,870.

 

Based on the company’s current business plan, it believes its cash balance as of the date of this filing will be sufficient to meet its anticipated cash requirements for the next twelve months. However, there can be no assurance that the current business plan will be achievable. Such conditions raise substantial doubts about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern for one year from the date the financial statements are issued.

 

The company’s existence is dependent upon management’s ability to develop profitable operations. Management is devoting substantially all of its efforts to developing its business and raising capital and there can be no assurance that the company’s efforts will be successful. No assurance can be given that management’s actions will result in profitable operations or enable it to overcome future liquidity concerns. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result should the company be unable to continue as a going concern. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic contributes to this uncertainty.

 

To further improve its liquidity position, the company’s management continues to explore additional equity financing through discussions with investment bankers and private investors. There can be no assurance that the company will be successful in its effort to secure additional equity financing.

 

The financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability of assets and the amount or classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Applied Energetics, Inc. is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware. Our headquarters are located at 9070 S. Rita Road Suite 1500, Tucson, Arizona, 85747, including office and laboratory space, and our telephone number is (520) 628-7415.

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Management bases its assumptions on historical experiences and on various other assumptions that it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. In addition, management considers the basis and methodology used in developing and selecting these estimates, the trends in and amounts of these estimates, specific matters affecting the amount of and changes in these estimates, and any other relevant matters related to these estimates, including significant issues concerning accounting principles and financial statement presentation. Such estimates and assumptions could change in the future as more information becomes known which could impact the amounts reported and disclosed herein. Significant estimates include carrying amounts of long-lived assets, valuation assumptions for share-based payments, effective borrowing rate determinations, analysis of fair value transferred upon debt extinguishment, valuation and calculation of measurements of income tax assets and liabilities and valuation of debt discount related to beneficial conversion features.

 

Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders

 

Basic loss per common share is computed by dividing net loss attributable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period before giving effect to stock options, stock warrants, restricted stock units and convertible securities outstanding, which are considered to be dilutive common stock equivalents. Diluted net loss per common share is calculated based on the weighted average number of common and potentially dilutive shares outstanding during the period after giving effect to dilutive common stock equivalents. Contingently issuable shares are included in the computation of basic loss per share when issuance of the shares is no longer contingent. The number of warrants, options, restricted stock units and our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, which were not included in the computation of earnings per share because the effect was antidilutive, was 21,362,021 and 32,909,390 for the three-months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

 

Significant Concentrations and Risks

 

We maintain cash balances at a commercial bank and, at times, balances exceed FDIC limits. As of March 31, 2022, $2,301,870 was uninsured.

 

NOTE 2 – NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

 

The company has reviewed all issued accounting pronouncements and plans to adopt those that are applicable to it. The company does not expect the adoption of any other pronouncements to have an impact on its results of operations or financial position.

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued amended guidance in the form of ASU No. 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes.” This ASU is intended to simplify various aspects related to accounting for income taxes by removing certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740 and clarifying certain aspects of the current guidance to promote consistency among reporting entities. ASU 2019-12 is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2020, and interim periods within those annual periods, with early adoption permitted. An entity that elects early adoption must adopt all the amendments in the same period. Most amendments within this ASU are required to be applied on a prospective basis, while certain amendments must be applied on a retrospective or modified retrospective basis. The company has evaluated the impact of this new standard and notes the guidance will not have a material impact on our financial statements.

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

On August 5, 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06 which simplifies the accounting for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity, including convertible instruments and contracts on an entity’s own equity. ASU 2020-06 simplifies the guidance in U.S. GAAP on the issuer’s accounting for convertible debt instruments. Such guidance includes multiple disparate sets of classification, measurement, and derecognition requirements whose interactions are complex. ASU 2020-06 is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2021, and interim periods within those annual periods, with early adoption permitted. An entity that elects early adoption must adopt all the amendments in the same period. Most amendments within this ASU are required to be applied on a prospective basis, while certain amendments must be applied on a retrospective or modified retrospective basis. The Company adopted this standard on January 1, 2022. The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

 

NOTE 3 – NOTES PAYABLE

 

On May 24, 2019, the company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “APA”) with Applied Optical Sciences, LLC (“AOS”) to acquire certain assets. As consideration for the APA, the Company entered into a promissory note issued to the shareholders of AOS for $2,500,000. The note is non-interest bearing and shall be repaid in equal installments. The company made the first three payments of $500,000 on February 10, 2021, May 24, 2021, and November 19, 2021, respectively. In accordance with the terms of the note, $500,000 is due on May 24, 2022, and the remaining $500,000 is due on November 24, 2022. The Promissory Note may be prepaid at any time (in whole or in part). Upon inception, the Company recorded a debt discount in the amount of $2,500,000 in relation to the transaction which is being amortized over the life of the loan as compensation expense. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the company made payments in the amount of $0 for this promissory note. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the note is not in default.

 

Paycheck Protection Program

 

On April 28, 2020, the company entered into a loan agreement with Alliance Bank of Arizona, N.A. for a loan in the amount of $132,760 pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act enacted on March 27, 2020 (the “CARES Act”). This loan is evidenced by a promissory note dated April 27, 2020, and matures two years from the disbursement date. This loan bears interest at a rate of 1.00% per annum, with the first three-months ended of interest deferred. Principal and interest are payable monthly commencing three-months ended after the disbursement date and may be prepaid by the company at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. This loan contains customary events of default relating to, among other things, payment defaults or breaches of the terms of the loan. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, the lender may require immediate repayment of all amounts outstanding under the note.

 

Under the terms of the PPP, up to the entire amount of principal and accrued interest may be forgiven to the extent loan proceeds are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act and applicable implementing guidance issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) under the PPP. The company partially used the loan amount for designated qualifying expenses and received notice from the SBA on June 30, 2021, that the company would not be required to repay $81,550 in proceeds. As a result, the company received partial forgiveness of the PPP amounting to $80,594 in principal and $956 in interest which is reflected within PPP forgiveness and other income on the statements of operations. Additionally, the company made three payments during the quarter ended March 31, 2022, for a total of $17,420. As of March 31, 2022, $6,770 in principal and $0 in interest were outstanding and continued to accrue interest at 1% per annum. The loan is due to be repaid on April 20, 2022.

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

Premium Financing

 

On April 8, 2022, the company entered into an agreement with Oakwood D&O Insurance to provide financing in an amount of $234,367 for the insurance premium associated with two D&O policies. Both policies commenced March 12, 2022, and provided coverage for the next 12 months, expiring March 12, 2023. The loan bears interest at a fixed rate of 5% per annum and required the company to prepay $58,932 and appears on the balance sheet as a current asset. On April 12, 2022, the company commenced monthly principal and interest payments of $19,901, which was the first payment of nine remaining months due of $175,435, the last payment of which is scheduled to be made on December 31, 2022. As of March 31, 2022, the outstanding balance on the note was $175,435 and was recorded as notes payable, a currently liability, in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet.

 

The following reconciles notes payable as of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021:

 

   March 31,
2022
   December 31,
2021
 
Beginning balance  $1,024,190   $2,681,157 
Notes payable   175,435    117,209 
Accrued interest   
-
    1,385 
Payments on notes payable   (17,420)   (1,646,513)
Extinguishment of debt   
-
    (81,550)
Converted into common stock   
-
    (47,498)
Total   1,182,205    1,024,190 
Less-Notes payable – current   1,182,205    1,024,190 
Notes payable – non-current  $
-
   $
-
 

 

Future principal payments for the company’s Notes as of March 31, 2022, are as follows:

 

2022  $1,182,205 
2023   
-
 
Thereafter   
-
 
Total  $1,182,205 

 

The company’s note payable balance of $1,182,205 is due within the next twelve months, in accordance with the terms of note payable. Of the $1,182,205, $1,000,000 consists of two remaining payments of $500,000, due on May 24, 2022, and November 24, 2022, which is the remaining balance on the note payable that the company assumed as part of the agreement to acquire Applied Optical Sciences.

 

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APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 4 – DEFERRED COMPENSATION

 

On May 24, 2019, the company entered into the APA with AOS to acquire certain assets. As consideration for the APA, the company entered into a promissory note issued to the shareholders of AOS for $2,500,000. The company also recorded a debt discount, which is reported on the balance sheet as deferred compensation, in the amount of $2,500,000, in relation to the transaction which is being amortized over the life of the loan as compensation expense. The amortization of deferred compensation for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021 was $208,333 and $208,333, respectively.

 

NOTE 5 – DUE TO RELATED PARTIES

 

It has come to the board’s attention that on July 31, 2018, our now deceased CEO deposited $50,000 into the company’s account. Although it has been suggested that the funds may have been intended for use toward Mr. Dearmin’s healthcare, the board does not know for certain what the purpose of the funds were or the nature of any intended investment. Accordingly, the board is investigating the appropriate disposition of the funds which will likely be to the estate of Mr. Dearmin. Until such a determination is made, the board does not intend to use these funds for any corporate purpose. For reporting purposes, the company has treated the deposit as a due to related party.

 

NOTE 6 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Authorized Capital Stock

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the company issued 7,056,250 shares of common stock in a private placement to accredited investors for $0.32 per share or $2,258,000 of net cash proceeds, in the aggregate.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2021, the company issued 158,329 shares of common stock upon the conversion of $47,999 of convertible notes.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2021, the company issued 31,250 shares of common stock in relation to a restricted stock agreement with a value of $4,550.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2021, the company issued 600,000 shares of common stock upon the exercise of 600,000 warrants at an exercise price of $0.07 a share.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2021, the company issued 1,005,682 shares of common stock upon the exercise of 1,090,910 options at an exercise price of $0.05 a share. This exercise was performed on a cashless basis.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2022, the company issued 130,417 shares of common stock for previously vested an expensed shares in relation to a restricted stock agreement. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company recorded $0 in relation to these shares.

 

During the three-months ended March 31, 2022 the company recognized stock based compensation in the amount of $554,877.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

Preferred Stock

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, there were 13,602 shares of Series A Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series A Preferred Stock”) issued and outstanding, respectively. The company has not paid the dividends commencing with the quarterly dividend due August 1, 2013. Dividend arrearages as of March 31, 2022, including previously accrued dividends included in our balance sheet are approximately $297,544. Our Board of Directors suspended the declaration of the dividend, commencing with the dividend payable as of February 1, 2015, since we did not have a surplus (as such term is defined in the Delaware general corporation Law) as of December 31, 2014, until such time as we have a surplus or net profits for a fiscal year.

 

Our Series A Preferred Stock has a liquidation preference of $25.00 per Share. The Series A Preferred Stock bears dividends at the rate of 6.5% of the liquidation preference per share per annum, which accrues from the date of issuance, and is payable quarterly. Dividends may be paid in: (i) cash, (ii) shares of our common stock (valued for such purpose at 95% of the weighted average of the last sales prices of our common stock for each of the trading days in the ten trading day period ending on the third trading day prior to the applicable dividend payment date), provided that the issuance and/or resale of all such shares of our common stock are then covered by an effective registration statement and the company’s common stock is listed on a U.S. national securities exchange or the Nasdaq Stock Market at the time of issuance or (iii) any combination of the foregoing. If the company fails to make a dividend payment within five business days following a dividend payment date, the dividend rate shall immediately and automatically increase by 1% from 6.5% of the liquidation preference per offered share of Series A preferred stock to 7.5% of such liquidation preference. If a payment default shall occur on two consecutive dividend payment dates, the dividend rate shall immediately and automatically increase to 10% of the liquidation preference for as long as such payment default continues and shall immediately and automatically return to the Initial dividend rate at such time as the payment default is no longer continuing.

 

Each share of Series A Preferred Stock is convertible at any time at the option of the holder into a number of shares of common stock equal to the liquidation preference (plus any unpaid dividends for periods prior to the dividend payment date immediately preceding the date of conversion by the holder) divided by the conversion price (initially $12.00 per share, subject to adjustment in the event of a stock dividend or split, reorganization, recapitalization or similar event). If the closing sale price of the common stock is greater than 140% of the conversion price on 20 out of 30 trading days, the company may redeem the Series A Preferred Stock in whole or in part at any time through October 31, 2010, upon at least 30 days’ notice, at a redemption price, payable in cash, equal to 100% of the liquidation preference of the shares to be redeemed, plus unpaid dividends thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date, subject to certain conditions. In addition, beginning November 1, 2010, the company may redeem the Series A Preferred Stock in whole or in part, upon at least 30 days’ notice, at a redemption price, payable in cash, equal to 100% of the liquidation preference of the Series A Preferred Stock to be redeemed, plus unpaid dividends thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date, under certain conditions.

 

If a change of control occurs, each holder of shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock that are outstanding immediately prior to the change of control shall have the right to require the corporation to purchase, out of legally available funds, any outstanding shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock at the defined purchase price. The purchase price is defined as: per share of Preferred Stock, 101% of the liquidation preference thereof, plus all unpaid and accumulated dividends, if any, to the date of purchase thereof. The purchase price is payable, at the corporation’s option, (x) in cash, (y) in shares of the common stock at a discount of 5% from the fair market value of Common Stock on the Purchase Date (i.e. valued at a 95% discount of the Common Stock on the Purchase Date), or (z) any combination thereof.

 

If the Corporation pays all or a portion of the Purchase Price in Common Stock, no fractional shares of Common Stock will be issued; instead, the company will round the applicable number of shares of Common Stock up to the nearest whole number of shares; provided that the Corporation may pay the Purchase Price (or a portion thereof), whether in cash or in shares of Common Stock, only if the Corporation has funds legally available for such payment and may pay the Purchase Price (or a portion thereof) in shares of its Common Stock only if (i) the Common Stock is listed on a U.S. national securities exchange or the Nasdaq Stock Market at the time of issuance and (ii) a shelf registration statement covering the issuance by the Corporation and/or resales of the Common Stock issuable as payment of the Purchase Price is effective on the Payment Date unless such shares are eligible for immediate resale in the public market by non-affiliates of the Corporation.

 

The Company pays an annual dividend on its preferred stock of approximately $34,000. For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company has recorded $8,501 as preferred stock dividends on its condensed consolidated statements of operations in relation to its annual dividend. Dividends on our Preferred Stock are payable quarterly on the first day of February, May, August and November, in cash or shares of Common Stock, at our discretion.

 

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MARCH 31, 2022

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Share-Based Payments

 

Effective November 12, 2018, the Board of Directors of Applied Energetics, Inc. adopted the 2018 Incentive Stock Plan. The plan provides for the allocation and issuance of stock, restricted stock purchase offers and options (both incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options) to officers, directors, employees and consultants of the company. The board reserved a total of 50,000,000 shares for possible issuance under the plan.

 

We have, from time to time, also granted non-plan options to certain officers, directors, employees and consultants. Total stock-based compensation expense for grants to officers, employees and consultants was $554,877 and $174,579 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively, which was charged to general and administrative expense.

 

Additionally, stock-based compensation for the year ended December 31, 2021, was comprised of 140,000 shares under a restricted stock agreement the Company entered into in May of 2021. The restricted stock awards were valued at $84,000 of which $70,000 was recognized as of March 31, 2021. The shares vest annually over two years with the first installment one year from the agreement; provided, however, if either party terminates the agreement at any time prior to the last date of it ending, then the shares will vest, pro rata, for each month served since the most recent prior annual vesting date.

 

The $554,877 stock-based compensation for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was comprised of $387,627 option expense and $167,250 was the amortization of 5,000,000 shares of stock valued at $0.4014 over three years for the acquisition of assets of Applied Optical Sciences.

 

The company recognized no related income tax benefit because our deferred tax assets are fully offset by a valuation allowance.

 

We determine the fair value of option grant share-based awards at their grant date, using a Black-Scholes- Merton Option-Pricing Model.

 

As of March 31, 2022, the Company recorded $3,769,740 of unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested stock options granted and outstanding, net of estimated forfeitures. The cost is expected to be recognized on a weighted average basis over a period of approximately one year.

 

The following table summarizes the activity of our stock options for the three-months ended March 31, 2022:

 

   Shares   Weighted
Average
Exercise Price
   Weighted
Average
Contractual Term
Outstanding
   Intrinsic
Value
 
Outstanding at December 31, 2021   28,415,000   $0.1859    5.84   $50,673,665 
Granted   1,390,000   $2.400    9.76    (437,850)
Exercised   
-
   
-
           
Forfeited or expired   (7,000,000)   
-
         (14,595,000)
Outstanding at March 31, 2022   22,805,000   $0.3362    7.12   $39,880,525 
                     
Outstanding and exercisable at March 31, 2022   19,318,888   $0.1528    6.79   $37,328,593 

 

We determine the fair value of option grant share-based awards at their grant date, using a Black-Scholes- Merton Option-Pricing Model applying the assumptions in the following table:

 

   Three-months Ended
March 31,
 
   2022   2021 
Assumptions:        
Risk-free interest rate   1.26-1.30%   0%
Expected dividend yield   0%   0%
Expected volatility   126%   0%
Expected life (in years)   5    0 

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

The fair value of restricted stock and restricted stock units was estimated using the closing price of our common stock on the date of award and fully recognized upon vesting. Restricted stock activity for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was as follows:

 

   Restricted Stock Outstanding 
   Shares   Weighted
Average
Fair Value
per Share
at Grant Date
 
         
Outstanding at December 31, 2021   215,000   $             0.52 
Granted – restricted stock units and awards   
-
    
-
 
Granted – performance based stock units   
-
      
Canceled   
-
      
Vested and converted to shares   
-
      
Outstanding at March 31, 2022   215,000   $0.52 

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, there was $4,855 and $15,355 respectively in unrecognized stock-based compensation related to unvested restricted stock agreements, net of estimated forfeitures.

 

As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the company recorded $1,505,250 and $1,338,000, respectively, in unrecognized stock-based compensation related to a lockup agreement on 5,000,000 shares of common stock in the acquisition of assets of AOS valued at $0.4014 per share, representing the closing price on the date of the contract which is amortized over 36 months, of which, $167,250 was amortized for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

 

Warrant stock activity for the three-month ended March 31, 2022, was as follows:

 

   Warrant Activity 
   Shares   Weighted Average
Exercise Price
   Weighted Average remaining Contractual Term (years) 
Outstanding at December 31, 2021   1,775,000   $0.0599    7.43 
Granted   
-
    
-
    
-
 
Exercised   
-
    
-
    
-
 
Forfeited   
-
    
-
    
-
 
Outstanding and exercisable at March 31, 2022   1,775,000   $0.0599    7.19 

 

   Warrants Outstanding   Warrants Exercisable 
Range of Exercise Prices  Shares
Outstanding
   Weighted
Avg.
Remaining
Contractual
Life in Years
   Weighted Avg.
Exercise Price
   Shares
Exercisable
   Weighted Avg.
Exercise Price
 
$0.05 - $0.08   1,775,000    7.19   $0.0599    1,775,000   $0.0599 
    1,775,000    7.19   $0.0599    1,775,000   $0.0599 

 

We determine the fair value of option grant share-based awards at their grant date, using a Black-Scholes- Merton Option-Pricing Model applying the assumptions in the following table:

 

   Three-months Ended
March 31,
 
   2022   2021 
Assumptions:        
Risk-free interest rate   0%   0%
Expected dividend yield   0%   0%
Expected volatility   0%   0%
Expected life (in years)   0    0 

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 7 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Operating Leases

 

In May 2016, the company moved and entered into a month-to-month lease agreement to lease office space in Tucson, Arizona. In May 2019, the company acquired Applied Optical Sciences and assumed the month-to-month lease for office and laboratory space also in Tucson, Arizona.

 

In March 2021, the company signed a five-year lease for a 13,000 square foot laboratory/office space in Tucson. The lease term commenced May 1, 2021, and ends on April 30, 2026. The base rent is $6.7626 per rentable square foot. In March 2021, we signed a five-year lease for a 13,000 square foot laboratory/office space here in Tucson. The base rent is $6.7626 per rentable square foot for year one, and escalates to $9.2009 in year two, $11.4806 in year three, $13.1740 in year four and $14.9306 in year five, plus certain operating expenses and taxes.

 

Rent expense was approximately $66,564 and $35,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

 

At March 31, 2022, we had approximately $90,000 in future minimum lease payments due in less than a year. The below table presents the future minimum lease payments due reconciled to lease liabilities.

 

   Operating Lease 
For the fiscal years ending December 31, 2022:    
2022  $89,666 
2023   143,325 
2024   168,577 
2025   191,779 
2026   66,536 
Thereafter   
-
 
Total undiscounted lease payments   659,883 
Present value discount, less interest   89,661 
Lease Liability  $570,222 

  

Guarantees

 

The company agrees to indemnify its officers and directors for certain events or occurrences arising as a result of the officers or directors serving in such capacity. The maximum amount of future payments that the company could be required to make under these indemnification agreements is unlimited. However, the company maintains a director’s and officer’s liability insurance policy that limits its exposure and enables it to recover a portion of any future amounts paid. As a result, it believes the estimated fair value of these indemnification agreements is minimal because of its insurance coverage, and it has not recognized any liabilities for these agreements as of March 31, 2022 and 2021.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

Litigation

 

On July 3, 2019, Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and its partner, Ryan Whalen filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the company, its directors, officers, attorneys and a consultant. The action alleged libel, securities fraud and related claims. The company filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on October 24, 2019. On December 13, 2019, Gusrae Kaplan and Mr. Whalen filed an opposition to the company’s motion. On January 10, 2020, the company filed a reply brief. The United States District Court has not ruled on the motion. On August 5, 2021, the plaintiffs filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of the action without prejudice.

 

On January 15, 2021, the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, against Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and Ryan Whalen for malpractice and breach of New York Rules of Professional Conduct by both parties as former counsel to the company. On May 28, 2021, Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. On June 25, 2021, the company filed an opposition to the motion. On July 13, 2021, Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed their reply brief. On March 30, 2022, United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman signed an order denying the motion of GKN and Mr. Whalen to dismiss the company’s claim for malpractice and for rescission of the shares-for-fees agreement under which GKN and Whalen received shares of the company’s common stock. Thus, the case against these defendants can now move forward. The motion was partially granted as to the separate claim for violation of NYRPC 1.7 and 1.8 because the court found that it was duplicative of the malpractice claim.

 

On September 7, 2021, Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and its partner Ryan Whalen filed a complaint in the New York Supreme Court against the company, its directors, officers, attorneys and a consultant, alleging a single claim for defamation per se based on the same conduct underlying their claim of libel in their voluntarily dismissed federal court action. The company filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on October 29, 2021, which motion included a request for sanctions for filing a frivolous complaint. Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed their opposition to the company’s motion to dismiss on January 13, 2022. The company filed its reply brief on February 17, 2022. The court has not yet ruled on the motion. On March 9, 2022, the company received notice that the court had scheduled oral arguments on the motion to dismiss for May 23, 2022.

 

As with any litigation, the company cannot predict the outcome with certainty, but the company expects to provide further updates on the status of the litigation as circumstances warrant.

 

We may, from time to time, be involved in legal proceedings arising from the normal course of business.

 

NOTE 8 – SUBSEQUENT EVENT

 

The company’s management has evaluated subsequent events occurring after March 31, 2022, the date of our most recent balance sheet, through the date our financial statements were issued. 

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Our discussion and analysis of the financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the related disclosures included elsewhere herein and in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included as part of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q from the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the securities laws. Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to the historical or current facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “may,” “believe,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “project,” “anticipate,” “estimates,” “possible,” “plan,” “strategy,” “target,” “prospect,” or “continue,” and other similar terms and phrases. These forward-looking statements are based on the current plans and expectations of our management and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect our current plans and expectations, as well as future results of operations and financial condition and may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2021. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. We do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting such forward-looking statements.

 

Applied Energetics, Inc., (the “Company”) is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware. Our executive office is located at 9070 S. Rita Road, Suite 1500, Tucson, Arizona 85747, (520) 628-7415. www.aergs.com

 

Applied Energetics, Inc., specializes in the development and manufacture of advanced high-performance lasers, advanced optical systems, and integrated guided energy systems for prospective defense, national security, industrial, biomedical, and scientific customers worldwide.

 

Technology, Capabilities and Patents

 

Applied Energetics, Inc. is recognized as a global leader in developing the next generation optical sources exhibiting ever-increasing output energy, peak power and frequency agility while also providing decreased size, weight, and cost of these systems for customers. Applied Energetics utilizes patented, dual-use technologies to advance critical industries. Leveraging our proprietary fiber-based architecture and wavelength-and pulse-agility capability, our Ultrashort Pulse (“USP™”) technology can enable users to achieve specific effects across different use cases with an unmatched blend of size, weight and power attributes. While initially designed to meet the emerging needs and priorities for the national security community, our directed energy technology also has commercial applications in both the biomedical and advanced manufacturing industries.

 

The AERG scientific team is continuously innovating and expanding our patent portfolio to cover these technological breakthroughs and further enhance our suite of solutions for threat disruption for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and for commercial, medical and space applications with optical sources operating from the deep ultraviolet to the far infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

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AERG has developed, successfully demonstrated and holds all crucial intellectual property rights to a dynamic directed energy technology called Laser Guided Energy (“LGE®”) and Laser Induced Plasma Channel (“LIPC®”). LGE and LIPC are technologies that can be used in a new generation of high-tech directed energy systems. The Department of Defense (DOD) previously recognized only two key types of Directed Energy Weapon (“DEW”) technologies, High Energy Lasers (“HEL”), and High-Power Microwave (“HPM”). Neither the HEL nor the HPM intellectual property portfolio is owned by a single entity. The DOD then designated a third DEW technology, LGE. Applied Energetics’ LGE and LIPC technologies are wholly owned by Applied Energetics and patent protected with 26 current patents and an additional 11 Government Sensitive Patent Applications (“GSPA”). These GSPA’s are held under secrecy orders of the US government and allow the company greatly extended protection rights. The company also has seven provisional patents, and we continue to file patent applications as we deem appropriate.

 

Applied Energetics’ Directed Energy technologies are vastly different from conventional directed energy systems, i.e. HEL, and HPM. LGE uses Ultrashort Pulse (USP™) laser technology to combine the speed and precision of lasers with the overwhelming impact on targeted threats with high-voltage electricity. Applied Energetics’ proprietary fiber-based architecture is a key differentiator for our most recent technology demonstrators. Compared with traditional continuous wave technology with larger footprints, AE’s architecture enables orders of magnitude size-weight-power reductions on all deliverables, creating powerful, dual-use and agile systems that can fit a host of platforms while delivering very high intensity, ultrashort pulses of light to the required target. This unique directed energy solution allows extremely high peak power and energy, with target and effects tenability, and is effective against a wide variety of potential targets. A key element of LGE is its novel ability to offer selectable and tunable properties that can help protect non-combatants and combat zone infrastructure.

 

Applied Energetics’ unique optical fiber-based laser architectures enable unmatched wavelength agility as well as pulse duration agility. Using innovative and highly specialized frequency shifting techniques, wavelengths can be custom tuned from the deep ultraviolet to the far infrared. In addition, temporal outputs can be adjusted from continuous wave to sub-picoseconds. The technology enables the customer to adjust the lasers’ operating parameters, ultimately creating more flexibility to change wavelength and pulse width. This feature allows for optimization of laser performance for defense or commercial applications.

 

Our proprietary USP laser technology provides a significantly more compact solution than current continuous wave laser platforms while still delivering high peak power. Continuous wave laser systems are typically used to heat a target and, during continuous illumination, this heat transfer leads to melting or charring of the material. Using continuous wave output powers that now exceed 100 kilowatts (1kW = 1000 watts), it can take anywhere from seconds to minutes to impact a target. By contrast, AERG has delivered USP lasers to national security users that exceed five terawatts (1 TW = 1 trillion watts) in peak power, with the difference being that this peak power from a USP laser is delivered in a pulse that is less than a trillionth of a second. During this short pulse duration, and having such a high peak intensity, near-instantaneous ablation of the surface of the threat takes place. The net result of our innovative USP approaches are highly effective lasers with mountable footprints that require only a fraction of the size and weight of other directed energy technologies.

 

As Applied Energetics looks toward the future, our corporate strategic roadmap builds upon the significant value of the company’s USP capabilities and key intellectual property, including LGE and LIPC, to offer our prospective partners, co-developers and system integrators a variety of next-generation Ultrashort Pulse and frequency-agile optical sources, from the ultraviolet to the far infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, to address numerous challenges within the military, medical device, and advanced manufacturing market sectors.

 

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Business Development

 

Over the past several quarters, we have submitted multiple proposals to various government agencies and attended briefings with various defense and other government agencies who have expressed an interest in our technology and applications. Due to the closures of multiple agencies and work-from-home orders during the Coronavirus pandemic, reviews and funding decisions on these proposals were delayed longer than anticipated as resources were focused on other matters within the government. AERG has received multiple notices from government agencies stating that “the vast number of proposals received, and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have impacted the government’s evaluation timelines.” Several of the government agencies that have received and are reviewing our proposals started to open their facilities to limited off-site briefings starting on June 1, 2021. Since that date, AERG’s team has been invited to, and completed, multiple briefings focused on our capabilities and submissions. Over time, the DOD has increased and reduced its facility occupancy limits and remote work requirements, and we have continued to make use of the time to submit proposals and attend briefings as and when permitted. We intend to continue developing and submitting proposals and to be available to attend on-site briefings to the extent possible.

 

In addition to these review-based delays, the US federal budget for 2022 was not approved by Congress by the October 1, 2021, start of the U.S. federal government fiscal year. The final appropriations bill was signed into law by President Biden on the night of March 11, 2022, and includes increases in areas of particular interest to the company.

 

Recent Developments

 

Upon the successful examination, and with no opposition, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officially entered the marks LGE® (Reg. No. 6,289,892) and LIPC® (Reg. No. 6,316,069) on March 9, 2021, and April 6, 2021, respectively, in the principal register. AERG has applications pending before the USPTO for USP, USPL, AERG and AE and anticipates allowance and/or registration within the next 12 months. The company also has seven provisional patents, and we continue to file patent applications as we deem appropriate.

 

The team at Applied Energetics continued to expand during the first quarter of 2022, with the addition of in-house counsel and other contractors to strengthen our human resources, compliance, public relations, IT, and technical staff. On February 22, 2022, we hired an Executive Administrative Assistant to assist the CEO and CLO with organizational administration, and then on March 28, 2022, we hired an Engineering Project Manager to coordinate and oversee all research and development projects.

 

Christopher Donaghey serves on Applied Energetics’ Board of Advisors, on which he has input into the strategic direction of the company and provides assistance in building lasting relationships in our defense markets. Effective January 3, 2022, we agreed with Mr. Donaghey to further extend the term of his service for an additional five years, adding an exclusivity requirement which prohibits Mr. Donaghey from providing the same advisory services to other companies in the directed energy space. The company issued Mr. Donaghey options to purchase up to 750,000 shares of its common stock on exchange for his agreement to extend his term and such exclusivity. The options are exercisable at a price of $2.40 per share and are subject to vesting at a rate of 20% per year beginning on May 12, 2024.

 

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Mr. Donaghey currently serves as the senior vice president and head of corporate development for Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”), a defense and government agency technology integrator. In his role on Applied Energetics’ Board of Advisors, Mr. Donaghey provides input into the strategic direction of the company and assistance in building relationships in the defense markets. Mr. Donaghey was originally appointed to the Board of Advisors, effective April 30, 2019, and effective May 12, 2021, we had agreed to extend his service for an additional one-year term plus a one-year automatic renewal in exchange for 70,000 shares of AERG’s common stock, and options to purchase an additional 200,000 shares at an exercise price of $0.61 per share, for each year of service. The shares and options are also subject to vesting over the term of his service.

 

Effective January 1, 2022, the board of directors of Applied Energetics appointed Mary P. O’Hara to serve as its General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. The company and Ms. O’Hara entered into an Executive Employment Agreement, pursuant to which she is to serve for an initial term of three years, with automatic renewal for additional one-year periods thereafter unless either party terminates the agreement. The agreement calls for a salary of $250,000 per year, plus standard benefits and eligibility for a bonus at the discretion of the board. The company has also granted Ms. O’Hara additional options to purchase up to 640,000 shares of its common stock under its 2018 Incentive Stock Plan, which vest over four years, at an exercise price of $2.40 per share. Ms. O’Hara has been in private law practice for twenty-nine years and has broad experience in all facets of securities, corporate and commercial law. Ms. O’Hara has represented the company for several years and is a member of its board of directors.

 

We followed the guidelines set forth by the Small Business Administration on the Paycheck Protection Program loan, in the amount of $132,760 which we took out in 2020, partially using the proceeds for designated qualifying expenses, in particular, retaining employees. This qualified AERG for a waiver of a portion of the loan. Accordingly, on July 2, 2021, we received a letter from our bank, via the SBA, approving conversion of $80,593.55 of the loan to a grant. Since then, we have been repaying the balance of the loan in monthly installments at the 1% annual interest rate. As of March 31, 2022, $6,298 in principal and $472 in interest remained outstanding, and we repaid the remaining balance in April 2022.

 

Strategic Plan and Analysis

 

We plan to continue building our management team with highly qualified individuals. We intend to recruit additional personnel in the areas of R&D, science and simulation, marketing and finance, and, possibly add members to our Board of Directors and our Board of Advisors. We have worked to align key innovations with our roadmap to encourage and enable internal filing for a broad, strategic and robust intellectual property portfolio and continue surveying the literature for acquisitions of parallel intellectual property to that end. We also intend to pursue strategic corporate acquisitions in related fields and technology. Although the company has achieved its near-term capital raising goals, we continue to explore any favorable equity financing opportunities.

 

Our goal with the AERG Strategic Plan is to increase the energy, peak power and frequency agility of USP optical sources while decreasing the size, weight, and cost of these systems. We are in the process of developing this breadth of very high peak power USP lasers and additional optical sources that have a very broad range of applicability for threat disruption for the Department of Defense, commercial, and medical applications. Although the historical market for AERG’s LGE and USP technology is the U.S. Government, the USP technologies are expected to provide numerous platforms for commercial additive and subtractive manufacturing and medical device and imaging markets, creating a substantially larger market for our products to address. Since 2020, the AERG team was able to develop partnership and teaming arrangements with the three leading laser and optics institutes in the United States, namely, the University of Arizona, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Our desire is to work on programs jointly where the strengths of each organization can assist in escalating knowledge and delivery of systems to the government sponsors, and to train the next generation of scientists and engineers to work in the Directed Energy fields.

 

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we have continued to execute our business development plans, further our research and development program and submit filings for intellectual property and proposals for grants and contracts. During the past two fiscal years, we submitted multiple proposals and have been engaged in meetings on a daily and weekly basis with various agencies and departments both remotely and in person in Washington, DC and at various other government facilities. The interest in our technology and applications remains high, and we continue to submit proposals for all appropriate opportunities and share our vision of the disruptive capabilities of USP optical sources for both near- and far-term threats and dual-use commercial applications.

 

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Through our analysis of the market, and in discussions with potential customers, we remain convinced that customers are becoming more receptive and interested in directed energy technologies. According to the Department of Defense fiscal 2019 budget, its directed energy spending grew from approximately $500 million in 2017 to over $1 billion in 2019, an increase of 100%. The 2020 budget reflected directed energy spending of $1.2 billion, an additional increase of 20% over 2019, and from 2017 through 2020, the directed energy budget grew from approximately $500 million to approximately $1.2 billion, averaging approximately 40% per year. The government has allocated $1.4 billion for various directed energy programs in 2021, and market analysis and projections have estimated that this directed energy sector is anticipated to exceed $10.1 billion globally by 2026. The DOD budget for directed energy was essentially flat between 2021 and 2022, approaching $1.2 billion for each year. As a result, we continue to be optimistic about our future and the growing opportunities in directed energy applications. The AERG team anticipates a continuation of strong funding for the directed energy community. With our existing patent portfolio, and through further advancements of our technologies, we believe we have the substantial building blocks needed to become a significant and successful developer in our USP and LGE marketplaces.

 

Results of Operations

 

Comparison of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

   2022   2021 
Revenue  $   $ 
General and administrative   (1,628,489)   (943,619)
Selling and marketing   (76,670)   (94,328)
Research and development   (75,987)   (47,808)
Interest (expense)   (44)   (683)
Net loss  $(1,781,190)  $(1,086,438)

 

Revenue

 

We had no revenues for either of the quarters ended March 31, 2022, or 2021.

  

General and Administrative

 

General and administrative expenses increased approximately $684,000 to $1,628,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to approximately $944,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to an increase of approximately $476,000 in professional expenses, an increase in salaries and employee benefits of approximately $147,000, in building costs of approximately $53,000, and in supplies and insurance of $8,000.

 

Selling and Marketing

 

Selling and marketing expenses decreased approximately $18,000 to approximately $77,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to approximately $95,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to the continuation of business development activities through our Master Services Agreement with Westpark Advisors as well as other consultants in this field.

 

Research and Development

 

Research and development expenses increased approximately $28,000 to approximately $76,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to approximately $48,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 primarily due to the allocation of part of management’s pay from research and development to consulting expense in the 2021 quarter.

 

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Interest Expense

 

Interest expense decreased approximately $640 to $45 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $685 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to a decrease in outstanding loans due from the Company.

 

Net Loss

 

Our operations for the three months ended March 31, 2022, resulted in a net loss of approximately $1,781,000, an increase of approximately $695,000 compared to the approximately $1,086,000 net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to a decrease in selling and marketing partially offset by increases in general and administrative and research and development. 

  

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the company incurred a net loss of approximately $1,781,000, had negative cash flows from operations of approximately $1,262,000 and may incur additional future losses due to the possible reduction in government contract activity and the expenses discussed under Results of Operations. In their report accompanying our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021, our independent auditors stated that our financial statements were prepared assuming that we would continue as a going concern and that they have substantial doubt as to our ability to do so based on our recurring losses from operations and need to raise additional capital. The financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability of assets and the amount or classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

At March 31, 2022, the company had total current assets of $2,803,621 and total current liabilities of $1,526,499 resulting in working capital of $1,277,122. At March 31, 2022, we had $2,551,870 of cash and cash equivalents, a decrease of $1,110,745 from $3,662,615 at December 31, 2021.

 

During the first three months of 2022, the net cash outflow from operating activities was $1,262,305. This amount was comprised primarily of our net loss of $1,781,190, offset by noncash stock-based compensation expense of $554,877, depreciation and amortization of $6,209, amortization of future compensation payable of $208,333, and amortization of prepaid assets of $43,407, and cash used from changes in assets and liabilities of $293,941 from the increase in prepaid and deposits of $251,767, decrease in accounts payable of $54,442, and the decrease in accrued expenses and compensation of $2,261, off set by the net increase in operating lease liabilities of $14,529.

 

Investing activities reflected $6,455 for the acquisition of equipment.

 

During the first three months of 2022, the net cash inflow from financing activities was $158,015. This amount was compromised of $175,435 of proceeds from note payable, offset by $17,420 repayment on note payable.

 

Based on the Company’s current business plan, it believes its cash balance as of the date of this report will be sufficient to meet its anticipated cash requirements for the next twelve months. However, there can be no assurance that the current business plan will be achievable.

 

The company’s existence is dependent upon management’s ability to develop profitable operations. Management is devoting substantially all of its efforts to developing its business and raising capital, as needed, and cannot be certain that these efforts will be successful. Management’s business development efforts may not result in profitable operations. To fund its research and development and marketing efforts, the company’s management continues to explore possible financing opportunities through discussions with investment bankers and private investors. The company may not be successful in its effort to secure additional financing on terms it considers favorable. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result should the company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Our management, with the participation of our Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2022. Based on that evaluation, our Principal Executive Officer has concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2022, are not effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms.

  

Changes in Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

 

There was no change in our internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the period covered by this report, which has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

On July 3, 2019, Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and its partner, Ryan Whalen filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the company, its directors, officers, attorneys and a consultant. The action alleged libel, securities fraud and related claims. The company filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on October 24, 2019. On December 13, 2019, Gusrae Kaplan and Mr. Whalen filed an opposition to the company’s motion. On January 10, 2020, the company filed a reply brief. The United States District Court has not ruled on the motion. On August 5, 2021, the plaintiffs filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of the action without prejudice.

 

On January 15, 2021, the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, against Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and Ryan Whalen for malpractice and breach of New York Rules of Professional Conduct by both parties as former counsel to the company. On May 28, 2021, Gusrae, Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. On June 25, 2021, the company filed an opposition to the motion. On July 13, 2021, Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed their reply brief. On March 30, 2022, United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman signed an order denying the motion of GKN and Mr. Whalen to dismiss the company’s claim for malpractice and for rescission of the shares-for-fees agreement under which GKN and Whalen received shares of the company’s common stock. Thus, the case against these defendants can now move forward. The motion was partially granted as to the separate claim for violation of NYRPC 1.7 and 1.8 because the court found that it was duplicative of the malpractice claim.

 

On September 7, 2021, Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and its partner Ryan Whalen filed a complaint in the New York Supreme Court against the company, its directors, officers, attorneys and a consultant, alleging a single claim for defamation per se based on the same conduct underlying their claim of libel in their voluntarily dismissed federal court action. The company filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on October 29, 2021, which motion included a request for sanctions for filing a frivolous complaint. Gusrae Kaplan & Nusbaum and Mr. Whalen filed their opposition to the company’s motion to dismiss on January 13, 2022. The company filed its reply brief on February 17, 2022. The court has not yet ruled on the motion. On March 9, 2022, the company received notice that the court had scheduled oral arguments on the motion to dismiss for May 23, 2022.

 

As with any litigation, the company cannot predict the outcome with certainty, but the company expects to provide further updates on the status of the litigation as circumstances warrant.

 

The company may, from time to time, be involved in legal proceedings arising from the normal course of business.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

The company has reported all information pertaining to issuances of equity securities sold during the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in previously filed report on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

  

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBIT
NUMBER
  DESCRIPTION
23   Consent of RBSM LLP *
31   Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a).
32   Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS   Inline XBRL Instance Document.
101.SCH   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.
101.CAL   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.
101.DEF   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.
101.LAB   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.
101.PRE   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

 

*Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 23.1 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  APPLIED ENERGETICS, INC.
     
  By: /s/ Gregory J. Quarles
    Gregory J. Quarles, President and
    Chief Executive Officer
    (and Principal Financial Officer)

 

Date: May 16, 2022

 

 

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