Annual report pursuant to section 13 and 15(d)

Note 11: Stock-based Compensation

Note 11: Stock-based Compensation
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Share-based Compensation [Abstract]  
Note 11: Stock-based Compensation

Restricted Stock Awards


The Company previously maintained the 2003 Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Plan (“2003 Plan”), which was approved by the Company’s stockholders, for the issuance of stock-based compensation awards. As amended, the Company was permitted to issue an aggregate of 340,000 shares of common stock under the 2003 Plan. All Company personnel and contractors are eligible to participate in the 2003 Plan. By its terms, the 2003 Plan expired on July 21, 2013 (which was the tenth anniversary of the effective date of the 2003 Plan), and no new awards were made thereafter. The Company anticipates implementing a new equity incentive plan to replace the 2003 Plan.


In September 2011, in an effort to preserve cash, the Board, after consultation with the Compensation Committee, entered into an agreement to compensate the members of the Board for their monthly retainer and other services as directors and/or members of the Board’s various standing committees through the award of shares of the Company’s common stock under the 2003 Plan. Since inception an aggregate of 83,495 shares were issued to members of the Board of Directors. During the year ended September 30, 2013, 26,484 shares were issued to the Board of Directors.


As of September 30, 2013, there were 134,816 shares authorized under the 2003 Plan that were granted and remain outstanding and fully vested.


The following table sets forth the activity with respect to unvested restricted stock grants (results reported in post-split amounts):


Outstanding (unvested) at September 30, 2011     1,342  
Forfeited     (26 )
Vested     (1,053 )
Outstanding (unvested) at September 30, 2012     263  
Vested     (263 )
Outstanding (unvested) at September 30, 2013     0  


Stock Option Awards


From time to time, the Company grants stock option awards to officers and employees. Such awards are valued based on the grant date fair value of the instruments, net of estimated forfeitures, using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions:


    Year Ended     Year Ended  
    September 30, 2013     September 30, 2012  
Volatility     124%-127%        
Risk-free interest rate     .08%-.66%        
Expected term     1-3.77 years        
Forfeiture rate     10%        
Dividend yield rate     0%        


The volatility used was based on historical volatility of the Company’s common stock, which management considers to be the best indicator of expected future volatility. The risk free interest rate was determined based on treasury securities with maturities equal to the expected term of the underlying award. The expected term was determined based on the simplified method outlined in Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 110.


Stock option awards are expensed on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. During the years ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, the Company recognized expense of $173,073 and $16,942, respectively, associated with stock option awards. At September 30, 2013, all stock compensation expense associated with issued awards has been recognized.


The following summarizes stock option activity for the year ended September 30, 2013:


          Weighted     Weighted        
          Average     Average        
    Number of     Exercise     Remaining        
    Shares     Price     Contractual Life     Intrinsic Value  
Outstanding at September 30, 2012                              
Granted     225,000     $ 8.47                  
Outstanding at September 30, 2013     225,000     $ 8.47       5.9        
Exercisable at September 30, 2013     25,000     $ 10.00       0.6        


The following table summarizes information about the Company’s non-vested shares as of September 30, 2013:


    Number of     Grant-Date  
Non-vested Shares   Shares     Fair Value  
Nonvested at September 30, 2012              
Granted     200,000     $ 2.18  
Nonvested at September 30, 2013     200,000     $ 2.18