DS HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC. Just Filed Its Quarterly Report: NOTE 17. – SUBSEQUE...

NOTE 17. – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS


Management has evaluated subsequent events or transactions occurring through the date the financial statements were issued.


On April 1, 2015, we accepted a subscription to purchase 440,000 shares for cash proceeds of $220,000, which was received and deposited in 2015 QTR.


On April 20, 2015, we received a secured loan for $250,000 from one of our shareholders. This loan bears interest of 1% per month and is due on April 20, 2016. This loan is s ecured by the Company’s accounts receivable. As part of the terms, the Company has issue 30,000 warrants with an exercise price of $0.85 per share, with an expiration date of April 20, 2017.


During the second quarter of 2015, the company issued 345,000 shares for services in aggregate valued at $1.64 or $565,800.


On October 7, 2016, the company issued an 8-K to inform the investors that previously submitted filings should not be relied upon for investing decisions. The company will be filing amended 10-Q’s for the periods ending March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015. These amended financial statements will include adjustments to the comparable financial statements for 2014. The company became aware of the need to issue amended financial reports on or about September 25th as part of the audit of its financials by its independent auditor, BF Borges CPA PC. The total impact of the adjustments for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 amount to an increased net loss of $1,125,792. The primary adjustments are between periods within 2015 and the company deemed that the adjustments required the filing of adjusted quarterly financial reports.



Throughout the year ended 2014 and 2015, Daniel Khesin, the Company's former chief executive officer and former chief financial officer, received in addition to base compensation, reimbursement and payroll advances of expenses of approximately $76,000 and $40,000 respectively, which were for non-business related goods and services. Pursuant to his executive employment agreement $50,000 in shares were to be payable in shares of the Company's common stock at fiscal year-end. While Mr. Khesin believed that these payments were received as satisfaction of certain bonus or other perquisites earned by him on a monthly basis under his employment agreement, such payments, if any, required approval of our compensation committee, which approval was not received until subsequent to 2014 and 2015. Section 402 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 prohibits advances or loans to a director or executive officer of a public company. While our audit committee has concluded that the payments made to Mr. Khesin prior to board approval may be in violation of Section 402 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, in the event it is determined any such payments were a violation of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, such violation could have a material adverse effect on our Company, including, but not limited to criminal, civil or administrative sanctions, penalties, or investigations, in addition to potential securities litigation. As a consequence of these activities, the company received notice from its independent auditor of potential illegal acts concerning payments of personal expenses by the Company. The Company’s Audit Committee has agreed with the findings. On September 29th, 2016. The company, in accordance with Section 10A of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, informed the Commission in a letter also dated September 29th, 2016. See "Controls and Procedures" and "Executive Compensation" below.


During 2013, in addition to base compensation paid to Abner Silva, a consultant deemed to be an officer by our independent auditor for accounting purposes, our company advanced approximately $11,500, to Mr. Silva. While Mr. Silva, believed that these payments were received as satisfaction of certain moneys owed to him or his affiliate companies, such payments, if any, required prior approval of our compensation committee, which approval was not received. As a consequence of these activities, the company received notice from its independent auditor of potential illegal acts concerning payments of personal expenses by the company on September 29th, 2016. The company, in accordance with Section 10A of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, informed the Commission in a letter also dated September 29th, 2016.


In December 2015, the Company, under former management entered into an agreement with a barter trading company to sell slow moving, finished goods in exchange for prepaid credits. During 2015 and through April 2016, the Company sold merchandise worth $956,176 and $4,566,717 to this barter trading company. However, these credits proved to have no economic value and accordingly revenue did not meet the criteria as defined in Accounting Standards Codification 605 (“ASC”). The Company has reversed the sales to this barter trading company that did not meet the revenue standards.


In January 2016, the company entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with a private party in the amount of $1,996,500 for 605,000 shares of the company’s stock. To date, the purchase agreement has only partially settled. The Company’s has offset subscription receivable against the additional paid in capital of $1,196,500. The Board of Directors has decided to negotiate a revision to the original Stock Purchase Agreement to reach an appropriate resolution to the matter. The company has no way of knowing what the financial impact will be.


On May 2, 2016, the company received a letter from an attorney representing its former CEO, Renee Barch-Niles requesting certain payments she believes are due arising from her employment contract. This includes salary demands, equity demands and commission demands on the above barter transaction. The total claims made by Ms. Barch-Niles are $2,500,000 worth of shares of the company’s stock, $123,000 in commissions from the barter trading arrangement, and $300,000 in severance payments. The company maintains that Ms. Barch-Niles is not due any payments subsequent to her separation from the company and will take all appropriate action to defend against the claims.


On September 27, 2016, pursuant to the Company’s By-Laws, the current Board of Directors approved and ratified all shares to the former management through date of termination. It is the Company’s position that due to circumstances surrounding the terminations, no further shares or compensation are owned and will vehemently defend its position.


On April 20, 2016 the company was notified by Nasdaq that the Company did not comply with Nasdaq’s filing requirements set forth in Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because it had not filed its Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2015.


On June 7, 2016 and August 19th, 2016, the company was notified by Nasdaq that the Company did not comply with Nasdaq’s filing requirements set forth in Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because it had not filed its Forms 10-Q for the periods ended March 31 and June 30, 2016, respectively.


On September 26, 2016, the company received Nasdaq’s staff determination letter, informing the company of Nasdaq’s intention to deny the company’s request for continued listing due to the delinquent reports. Separately, Nasdaq informed the company of its determination of additional basis for delisting due to public interest concerns under listing Rule 5101 raised by 1. The company’s failure to promptly initiate and conduct an independent investigation, recommended by its previous independent auditors, into concerns identified by its former board of directors, including concerns regarding revenue recognition and stock issuances, among other matters; and 2. The Company’s inability to produce minutes evidencing meetings of the Company’s board of directors for calendar year 2015 and for the first four months of calendar year 2016. Further, and also as a separate basis for delisting, Nasdaq informed the company of its belief the Company had made misleading statements and/or omitted material facts in its communications with Staff, in violation of Listing Rule 5250(a)(1). Pursuant to Nasdaq listing Rule 5800 series the Company appealed the staff’s determination to a Hearings Panel and requested an oral hearing to appeal the staff determination. In addition, the Company requested a stay of the suspension and delisting action pending the issuance of a written decision by the Hearings Panel. In the request, the company stated that the delinquent reports would be filed prior to the October 11th due date, informed Nasdaq that an independent investigation had been initiated by the company with an expected completion date of approximately October 11th, 2016, informed Nasdaq of its efforts to retrieve the missing minutes via a diligent search of its email archives and attempts to contact prior board members for their records, and its disagreement with the staff’s belief that any misleading statement had been made. The company received from Nasdaq, on September 26th, 2016, a letter informing them that the requested hearing will take place on November 10th.


On March 29, 2016, DS Healthcare, Mr. Khesin, and certain former members of the Board of Directors were sued in a class action styled, Prasant Shah v. DS Healthcare Group, Inc., et. al., Case No. 16-60661, which is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  A later-filed class action has been consolidated.  The class action arises from the Company’s March 23, 2016 and March 28, 2016 8-K filings, which stated, in pertinent part, that the audit committee had concluded that the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company for the two fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015 (the “June and September 2015 Quarters”), should no longer be relied upon because of certain errors in such financial statements, and that Daniel Khesin had been terminated for cause and removed as Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors.  Plaintiffs have until November 2, 2016 to file an Amended Complaint, which DS Healthcare must respond to no later than December 19, 2016.   The Company also received the first of three related shareholder derivative demands on March 29, 2016.  A mediation concerning the class action and the derivative demands is scheduled for October 17, 2016, in Miami, Florida.


On May 27, 2016, PhotoMedex, Inc., Radiancy, Inc., and PhotoMedex Technology, Inc. (collectively, “PhotoMedex”)  filed a civil action for damages and declaratory relief against DS Healthcare in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The lawsuit is styled PhotoMedex, Inc. v. DS Healthcare Group, Inc., Case No. 1:16-cv-03981.  The lawsuit arises from two merger agreements: (i) an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization among DS Healthcare Group, Inc., PHMD P Acquisition Corp., PhotoMedex, Inc. and Radiancy, Inc. dated February 19, 2016; and (ii) an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization by and among DS Healthcare Group, Inc., PHMD Professional Acquisition Corp., PhotoMedex Technology, Inc. and PhotoMedex, Inc. dated February 19, 2016.  PhotoMedex alleges that DS Healthcare breached both agreements by failing to meet its pre-closing obligations and not completing the transactions contemplated by the agreements.  PhotoMedex seeks a declaratory judgment that their terminations of the two agreements were proper, and requests an award of damages specified by the agreements, including a “break-up fee” of USD $3 million.  DS Healthcare disputes the claims asserted by PhotoMedex, including that PhotoMedex is entitled to the “break-up fee” under the agreements.  DS Healthcare has also asserted a counterclaims for damages against PhotoMedex for their breaches of the two agreements.  An initial case management conference is scheduled for October 13, 2016.  


On December 28, 2015, Microcap Headlines, Inc. (“Microcap”), an investor awareness business located in North Babylon, New York, filed a civil action against DS Healthcare, Daniel Khesin and former DS Healthcare employee Abner Silva in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.  The lawsuit is styled Microcap Headlines Inc. v. DS Healthcare Group, Inc. et al., Case No. 2015-030046-CA-01.  Plaintiff Microcap asserts claims for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, fraud (solely against defendant Silva), violation of the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act, and quantum meruit, all of which arise from an October 15, 2014 contract between Microcap and DS Healthcare pursuant to which Microcap promised to provide certain investor awareness services in exchange for compensation in the form of cash and warrants to purchase DS Healthcare stock.  Microcap seeks damages in an unspecified amount.  DS Healthcare disputes the claims asserted by Microcap in the lawsuit.  Court-ordered mediation is scheduled for November 22, 2016, and the case is scheduled for trial to commence sometime during the three-week trial period beginning on January 17, 2017.


On April 12, 2016, the SEC issued a “Formal Order” directing a private non-public formal investigation to determine whether violations of the federal securities law may have been committed, directly or indirectly, by the Company, its officers, directors, employees, partners, subsidiaries and/or affiliates, and/or other persons or entities.  The possible violations set forth in the Formal Order include Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”), Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A), 13(b)(2)(B), 13(b)(5), 13(k), 14(a), and 14(f) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), and Rules 10b-5, 12b-20, 13a-1, 13a-11, 13a-13, 13a-14, 13b2-1, 13b2-2(a), 14a3, 14a-9, and 14f-1.   The relevant time period specified in the Formal Order is between January 1, 2010 and the present date. On April 15, 2016, the SEC issued a subpoena duces tecum to Mr. Khesin. On May 4, 2016, the SEC issued a subpoena duces tecum to the Company.  The company is complying with all requests to the SEC and the review and production process is ongoing in nature. On or about July 27, 2016, the SEC issued a second subpoena duces tecum to the Company seeking a current copy of its QuickBooks file with a user name and password.  The Company has complied with the second subpoena duces tecum. The company has no way of determining what the outcome of this investigation will be and cannot predict any financial impact.


Significant Changes to the Board of Directors and Executive Management:


On April 2, 2016, Michael Pope, Diane Rosenfeld, Renee Barch-Niles and Carl Sweis were terminated as Directors of the company. Additionally, Renee Barch-Niles was removed as Chief Executive Officer. Daniel Khesin was appointed sole Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.


Mr. Myron Lewis joined the Board of Directors on April 22, 2016.His role includes chairing the Compensation Committee. Subsequently, on September 12, 2016, Mr. Lewis was appointed Executive Director and tasked with supervising the company’s operations with a goal of facilitating profitability and compliance.


Mr. Yasuhiro Fujiwara joined the Board of Directors on April 22, 2016. Subsequently, on September 12, 2016, Mr. Fujiwara was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.


Ms. Elina Yuabov joined the Board of Directors on April 22, 2016


Ms. Estella Ng joined the Board of Directors on May 6, 2016. Her role includes chairing the Audit Committee.


Mr. John Power joined the company on September 12, 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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