ST. PAUL, Minn., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISNS) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved an amendment to the Company’s shareholder rights plan (as amended, the “Rights Plan”). The amendment extends the expiration date of the Rights Plan from June 6, 2018 to June 5, 2020 and is subject to the approval of the Company’s shareholders.
The Rights Plan is designed to preserve the value of its significant net operating loss carryforwards (“NOLs”) in relation to the potential limitations under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code. Image Sensing Systems had federal NOLs totaling approximately $16.0 million as of December 31, 2017. Pursuant to U.S. federal income tax rules, Image Sensing Systems’ use of those tax assets could be substantially limited if it experiences an “ownership change” (as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code). In general, an ownership change occurs if there is a cumulative change in Image Sensing Systems’ ownership by “5 percent shareholders” that increases by more than 50 percent over the lowest percentage owned by such shareholders at any time during the prior three years on a rolling basis. The Company noted that the Rights Plan is designed to serve the interests of all shareholders by helping to protect the Company’s ability to use its net operating losses to offset future tax liabilities and is similar to plans adopted by many other public companies with significant tax attributes. The Company’s Board of Directors deemed it appropriate and prudent to amend the Rights Plan at this time. The Rights Plan will expire on June 6, 2018 if the amendment is not approved by the Company’s shareholders at the regular meeting of shareholders to be held in 2018. If the amendment is approved by the shareholders, the Rights Plan will expire on June 5, 2020 unless renewed by the Board of Directors of the Company.
The Board of Directors had previously declared a dividend distribution of one right for each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock to shareholders of record on June 17, 2013 under a Rights Agreement dated June 6, 2013. These rights are not exercisable and trade with the shares of the Company’s common stock. Under the Rights Plan, the rights generally will become exercisable only if a person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 4.99 percent or more of the Company’s common stock (including in the form of synthetic ownership through derivative positions) in a transaction not approved by the Board of Directors of the Company. In that situation, each holder of a right (other than the acquiring person, whose rights will become void and will not be exercisable) will be entitled to purchase, at the then‑current exercise price, additional shares of common stock having a value of twice the exercise price of the right. In addition, if the Company is acquired in a merger or other business combination after an unapproved party acquires 4.99 percent or more of the Company’s common stock, each holder of the right would then be entitled to purchase, at the then‑current exercise price, shares of the acquiring company’s stock having a value of twice the exercise price of the right. Shareholders had previously approved an amendment to the Rights Plan (the "First Amendment") at the Company’s regular meeting in May 2017.
The Rights Plan exempts any person or group owning 4.99 percent or more of the Company’s common stock as of the announcement of the First Amendment up to the amount of their ownership of the Company’s common stock as of the announcement of the First Amendment plus an additional 1.00 percent. However, the rights also will be exercisable if a person or group that already owns 5 percent or more of the Company’s common stock acquires any additional shares beyond an additional 1.00 percent (including through derivatives, but other than pursuant to a dividend or distribution paid or made by the Company or pursuant to a stock split or reclassification).
The Company’s Board of Directors may redeem the rights for a nominal amount at any time before a person becomes the beneficial owner of 4.99 percent of the Company’s common stock.
Details about the Rights Plan are contained in a Current Report on Form 8‑K filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and Vinson & Elkins LLP are serving as legal counsel to the Company.
About Image Sensing Systems
Image Sensing Systems, Inc. is a global company dedicated to helping improve safety and efficiency for cities and highways by developing and delivering above‑ground detection technology, applications and solutions. We give Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) professionals more precise and accurate information – including real‑time reaction capabilities and in‑depth analytics – to make more confident and proactive decisions. We are headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit us on the web at imagesensing.com.
Safe Harbor Statement: Statements made in this release concerning the Company’s or management’s intentions, expectations, or predictions about future results or events are “forward‑looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Factors that could produce such a variation include, but are not limited to, the following: the inherent unreliability of earnings, revenue and cash flow predictions due to numerous factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control; developments in the demand for the Company’s products and services; relationships with the Company’s major customers and suppliers; the mix of and margins on the products we sell; unanticipated delays, costs and expenses inherent in the development and marketing of new products and services; adverse weather conditions in our markets; the impact of governmental laws and regulations; international presence; our success in integrating any acquisitions; and competitive factors. Our forward‑looking statements speak only as of the time made, and we assume no obligation to publicly update any such statements. Additional information concerning these and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the Company’s current expectations are contained in the Company’s reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed on March 24, 2017.
Chad Stelzig, Chief Executive Officer
Image Sensing Systems
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