|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company issued 453,209 net shares of common stock upon exercise of stock options. Stock options to purchase 182,471 shares of common stock were net exercised resulting in the net issuance of 83,491 shares of common stock and stock options to purchase 369,718 shares of common stock were exercised for cash, providing cash proceeds of $0.8 million. No stock options were exercised during the 2016 period.
During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company issued 1,505,026 shares of common stock due to warrant exercises. Net exercise of 89,330 shares of common stock underlying the warrants resulted in the issuance of 49,127 shares of common stock. Additionally, 1,455,899 were exercised resulting in cash proceeds of $3.3 million. No warrants were exercised during the 2016 period.
Each share of the Company’s common stock is entitled to one vote and all shares rank equally as to voting and other matters.
Dividends may be declared and paid on the common stock from funds legally available therefor, if, as and when determined by the Board of Directors.
Private Placement and Preferred Stock
In June 2016, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”) for a private placement of the Company’s securities with a select group of institutional investors (the “2016 PIPE”). The 2016 PIPE sale transaction, by the Company, consisted of 8,188,804 units at a price of $2.015 per unit for gross proceeds, to the Company, of approximately $16.5 million. After deducting for placement agent fees and offering expenses, the aggregate net proceeds from the private placement was approximately $15.3 million.
Each unit consisted of (i) one share of the Company’s Common Stock or non-voting series A convertible preferred stock (the “Series A Convertible Preferred Stock”) which are convertible into one-thousand shares of common stock, (ii) one warrant to purchase 0.4 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $2.00 per share and (iii) one warrant to purchase 0.2 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share. The warrants will be exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issuance. Each share of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock was issued at a price of $2.015 per share, and is convertible into 1,000 shares of common stock, provided the holder and/or its affiliates do not own greater than 9.99% of the total number of Pieris common stock then outstanding. The Series A Convertible Preferred Stock has a par value of $0.001 per share, has no registration or voting rights, and holders are entitled to receive dividends on a pari passu basis with the Company´s common stock, when, and if declared. In event of a true liquidation or winding down of the business, holders of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock will be paid prior to the holders of Common Stock. In connection with the 2016 PIPE, the Company issued 3,225,804 shares of Common Stock and 4,963 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to the 2016 PIPE investors.
The Company has 4,963 shares of preferred stock both issued and outstanding during the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, including other comprehensive income. Includes, but is not limited to, balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings, accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and amount of comprehensive income.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef