0000922612 true to include information previously omitted in reliance on General Instruction G to Form 10-K, which provides that registrants may incorporate by reference certain information from a definitive proxy statement prepared in connection with the election of directors. The Company has determined to include such Part III information by amendment of the Original Filing rather than incorporation by reference to the proxy statement. Accordingly, Part III of the Original Filing is hereby amended and restated as set forth below. We are also filing as exhibits to this Amendment the certifications pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and amending Item 15 of Part IV to include such certifications. Because no financial statements are contained in this Amendment, we are not including certifications pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. FY 2022 --05-31 false true NASDAQ 0000922612 2021-06-01 2022-05-31 0000922612 2021-11-30 0000922612 2022-09-30 iso4217:USD xbrli:shares iso4217:USD xbrli:shares

 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K/A

(Amendment No. 1)

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2022

 

Commission File Number: 001-38964

 

SCHMITT INDUSTRIES, INC.

 

Oregon   93-1151989
State of Incorporation   IRS Employer Identification Number
     
2765 N.W. Nicolai Street    
Portland, Oregon 97210-1818    (503) 227-7908
Address, including zip code, of principal executive offices   Registrant's telephone number, including area code
     
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, no par value SMIT NASDAQ Capital Market

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes No

 

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), and (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 pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). YesNo

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, 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.

 

Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
    Emerging growth company

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

 

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

 

As of the last day of the second fiscal quarter of 2022, the aggregate market value of registrant's common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $17,796,026 based upon the closing price of $5.50 reported for such date on the NASDAQ Capital Market. As of September 30, 2022, the registrant had 3,872,134 outstanding shares of common stock.

  

 

 

  

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

Schmitt Industries, Inc. (“Schmitt Industries”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is filing this Amendment No. 1 (this “Amendment”) to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2022, originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 12, 2022 (the “Original Filing”), to include information previously omitted in reliance on General Instruction G to Form 10-K, which provides that registrants may incorporate by reference certain information from a definitive proxy statement prepared in connection with the election of directors. The Company has determined to include such Part III information by amendment of the Original Filing rather than incorporation by reference to the proxy statement. Accordingly, Part III of the Original Filing is hereby amended and restated as set forth below. We are also filing as exhibits to this Amendment the certifications pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and amending Item 15 of Part IV to include such certifications. Because no financial statements are contained in this Amendment, we are not including certifications pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

Except as described above, this Amendment does not modify or update the disclosures presented in, or as exhibits to, the Original Filing in any way. This Amendment speaks as of the date of the Original Filing and does not reflect events occurring after the filing of the Original Filing. Among other things, we have not revised forward-looking statements made in the Original Filing to reflect events that occurred or facts that became known to us after the filing of the Original Filing. Therefore, you should read this Amendment in conjunction with any other documents we filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) subsequent to the Original Filing. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Original Filing.

  

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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  
PART III    
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 1
Item 11. Executive Compensation 4
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters 7
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence 9
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services 10
     
PART IV    
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 11
     
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PART III

 

ITEM 10.DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

The following table and paragraphs set forth information regarding our executive officers and directors, including the business experience for the past five years (and, in some instances, for prior years) of each such executive officer and director.

 

Name Age Position
Michael R. Zapata(1) 44 President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Philip Bosco(2) 53 Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Charles Davidson 63 Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Steven Strom 59 Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Alexandre Zyngier(3) 52 Director
Lillian Tung(4) 39 Former Director
(1)Mr. Zapata was appointed Executive Chairman and President, effective December 1, 2018.

(2)Mr. Bosco was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective December 1, 2020.

(3)Mr. Zyngier was appointed as director to the board of directors in October 2021.

(4)Ms. Tung resigned as a director in September 2022.

 

Executive Officers

 

Michael R. Zapata has served as a director since October 2018, as the Company’s Executive Chairman and President since December 2018, and as Chief Executive Officer since July 2019. Mr. Zapata is the founder and Managing Member of Sententia Capital Management, LLC (“Sententia”), a value investing focused investment management firm. Since inception in 2012, the firm has invested in deep value public equities in a concentrated portfolio. Prior to Sententia, Mr. Zapata served nearly 10 years in the U.S. Navy. During his service from 2001 to 2010, he held various leadership roles during the Global War on Terror. Deploying to locations including Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, he brings valuable insight and expertise in intelligence fusion, operational execution, strategic planning and risk mitigation. He received his B.S. from Texas A&M University, where he was recognized as a Dougherty Award Recipient. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia University as a student in the Heilbrunn Center for Value Investing. He is a director of Communication Systems, Inc. He also serves as a director of Tip of the Spear Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Elite Operators and their families during times of need. Mr. Zapata’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s board of directors include his years of business experience as an executive at various companies and as an investment professional. In addition, Mr. Zapata’s role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company provides the Company’s board of directors with invaluable insight into the management and daily operations of the Company.

 

Philip Bosco was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective December 1, 2020. Philip Bosco has a wide range of financial experience across a diverse set of industries and companies, including start-ups, turnaround situations, and established organizations. Prior to joining Schmitt, Mr. Bosco served as CFO Americas for Intega Group Limited, a publicly held company, with the Americas division generating $200M of revenue and including 1,100 staff and over 50 offices. Prior to that, Mr. Bosco worked for Shell Oil Company in a variety of global and regional roles, both financial and commercial, across the chemicals, refining, and distribution businesses. Mr. Bosco also served as CFO for a start-up biofuels joint venture seeking to commercialize its core technology. Mr. Bosco received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marquette University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.

 

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Non-Employee Directors

 

Charles Davidson has served as a director since May 2016. Mr. Davidson has served as Chief Executive Officer of Attensa Corporation, an enterprise software provider, since August 2014. He was the CEO of Attensa’s predecessor company Leeward, Inc. from 2009 until 2014, when it was merged into Attensa Corporation, and was Chief Executive Officer of Attensa, Inc. from 2007 until 2009. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davidson was Chief Executive Officer and President of StatiaFX, a developer of software solutions for financial advisory services. When StatiaFX was acquired in 2003 by Financial Profiles, a business unit of Hanover Insurance Group, Mr. Davidson became Vice President for Strategy and Business Development of Financial Profiles and served in that function until 2006 when the business was sold. >From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Davidson was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Crabbe Huson Group. In 1993, he co-founded Co-Operations, Inc. and served as its Chairman until 2000. Mr. Davidson holds a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Oregon and a J.D. magna cum laude from Northwestern School of Law, Portland. He is a member (inactive) of the bar associations of Oregon and Washington. Mr. Davidson’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s board of directors include his years of business experience as an executive at various companies.

 

Alexandre Zyngier was appointed as a director in October 2021. Mr. Zyngier founded Batuta Advisors in 2013 and has over twenty years of experience in investment advisory opportunities in restructuring, turnaround and event driven situations. Mr. Zyngier is currently Chairman of the Board of EVO Transportation Inc., Director of COFINA Puerto Rico and Director of Atari SA.He was previously Lead Director at AudioEye, Inc., Director Eileen Fisher, Inc., Director Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Vertis Inc., a Director of Island One LLC, Executive Chairman of DTV America Corporation and other private companies. Mr. Zyngier was the trustee for Linc Energy and is the current sole liquidating Director for Tetralogic Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Zyngier is also an expert witness in Delaware Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Zyngier has worked as a Portfolio Manager, investing in public and private distressed opportunities, at Alden Global Capital (2009-2013), Deutsche Bank Co. (2007-2008) and Goldman Sachs & Co. (2003-2007). During this time, his focus was on distressed investments representing fulcrum securities in the Capital Structure. He was also a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company (1997-2000). Prior to that, he was a technical brand manager at Procter & Gamble (1991-1995), focused on Latin America Beauty Care Products. Mr. Zyngier has an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago (1997) and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UNICAMP (1991). Mr. Zyngier’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s board of directors include his years of investment and advisory experiences with various companies.

  

Lillian Tung served as a director from October 2020 to September 2022. She is the co-founder of Fur and has more than a decade of experience in marketing and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting Fur, Ms. Tung worked at L’Oréal USA on the Maybelline Global Marketing team from 2011 to 2015. Prior to L’Oréal, Ms. Tung served in the Consumer Marketing division of Time Inc. from 2007 – 2008, and as an analyst for JPMorgan Chase Inc. in the Financial Sponsors Group from 2005 to 2007. She currently serves on the board of the Horace Mann School Alumni Council. Ms. Tung has an MBA with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Columbia Business School (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University (2005) where she was on the dean’s list for three years. Ms. Tung’s broad business experience across marketing channels with a strong emphasis on digital acquisition, brand development, and consumer engagement qualified her to serve on the Company’s board of directors.

 

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Family Relationships

 

There are no family relationships among our executive officers and directors.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

None of our directors or executive officers have been involved in any legal proceeding listed in Item 401(f) of Regulation S-K in the past 10 years.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

 

We have adopted a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (the “Code of Ethics”) that applies to all employees, officers and directors of the Company. A copy of the Code of Ethics is publicly available on our website at http://investor.schmitt-ind.com/corporate-governance. Amendments to the Code of Ethics or any grant of a waiver from a provision of the Code of Ethics requiring disclosure under applicable SEC rules will also be disclosed on our website.

 

Board Committees

 

Our Board has the standing committees described below to assist it with its responsibilities. The charter for each committee is posted on our website at http://investor.schmitt-ind.com/corporate-governance/committee-composition.

 

Audit Committee

 

The primary purpose of the Audit Committee is to oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company and the audits of the consolidated financial statements of the Company. The Audit Committee is also charged with the review and approval of all related party transactions involving the Company. The current members of the Audit Committee are Messrs. Davidson and Zyngier. Mr. Zyngier currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. The Board has determined that all members of the Audit Committee are audit committee financial experts, as defined by the SEC rules, based on their past business experience and financial certifications.

 

Compensation Committee

 

The duties and responsibilities of the Compensation Committee include, among other things, reviewing and approving the Company’s general compensation policies, setting compensation levels for the Company’s executive officers, setting the terms of and grants of awards under share-based incentive plans and retaining and terminating executive compensation consultants. The current members of the Compensation Committee are Messrs. Zyngier and Davidson. Ms. Lillian Tung was the Chairman of the Compensation Committee until her resignation in September 2022.

 

Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee

 

The duties and responsibilities of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee include, among other things, assisting the Board in identifying individuals qualified to become Board members and recommending director nominees for the next annual meeting of shareholders, and taking a leadership role in shaping the corporate governance of the Company. The current members of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee are Messrs. Zyngier and Davidson. Mr. Davidson currently serves as Chairman of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee.

  

Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Company’s directors and executive officers and each person who owns more than ten percent of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities (collectively, “Reporting Persons”) to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of the Company’s common stock and the Company’s other equity securities. Reporting Persons are required by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms that they file. Based solely on the Company’s review of the copies of the forms received by it during the fiscal year ended May 31, 2022 and written representations that no other reports were required, the Company believes that each person who, at any time during such fiscal year, was a director, officer or beneficial owner of more than ten percent of the Company’s common stock complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements during such fiscal year, except for a non-timely (i) Form 4 for Ms. Tung with respect to transactions on August 25, 2021, (ii) Form 4 for Mr. Zyngier with respect to a transaction on October 21, 2021, and (iii) Form 4 for Mr. Bosco with respect to a transaction on March 14, 2022. The Form 4 filings primarily relate to the grant or vesting of restricted stock units of which the Company had data entry problems that resulted in delayed filings on behalf of named directors.

 

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ITEM 11.EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table presents the dollar amounts of various forms of compensation earned by our named executive officers (“NEOs”) during the years noted:

 

Name and

Principal Position

  Year 

Salary

($)

 

Bonus

($)

  Stock Awards ($)(1)  Option Awards ($)(2)  All Other Compensation ($) 

Total

($)

Michael R. Zapata(3)   2022   $250,000   $   $16,506       $13,502   $280,008 

Chairman, President and CEO

   2021   $222,667   $   $57,543       $18,000   $298,210 
                                    
Philip Bosco (4)   2022   $225,000   $6,750   $23,810           $255,560 
CFO and Treasurer   2021   $121,875                    121,875 

 

(1)The fair value of these stock awards was computed in accordance with methods allowed under FASB ASC Topic 718 "Compensation - Stock Compensation."

(2)Value of stock options awards was calculated using Black Scholes pricing model with assumptions discussed in Note 7 to the Company’s financial statements as of and for the year ended May 31, 2022.

(3)Mr. Zapata was appointed Executive Chairman and President, effective December 1, 2018. Mr. Zapata was appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective July 30, 2019.

(4)Mr. Bosco was appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1, 2020.

 

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Employment Agreements

 

Michael R. Zapata

 

Mr. Zapata is the founding member of Sententia, a value-based investment firm, of which he has served as Mr. Zapata is the founding member of Sententia, a value-based investment firm, of which he has served as general partner since its inception in 2012. The Company entered into a consulting agreement with Sententia, pursuant to which Sententia has agreed to provide executive management services to the Company, which shall be performed by Mr. Zapata. As contemplated by the terms of the agreement, the Company pays $14,000 directly to Sententia per month during the term of the agreement, which was defined as July 30, 2019 through July 31, 2020. Effective August 1, 2020, the Company extended this agreement on a month-to-month basis under similar terms. In addition, pursuant to the consulting agreement, Mr. Zapata was granted 17,777 restricted stock units on August 6, 2019 that vested on such date, and Mr. Zapata may receive a performance-based bonus to be paid in additional restricted stock units with a maximum cash value equivalent of $168,000.

 

Effective September 30, 2020, Mr. Zapata entered into an employment agreement with the Company. Pursuant to the terms of his agreement, Mr. Zapata became an employee of the Company. In recognition of his services, Mr. Zapata is entitled to receive (i) an annualized salary of $250,000, and (ii) upon achieving certain performance-based objectives determined by the Company’s board of directors or its Compensation Committee, a bonus of up to 50% of his annual salary, payable half in cash and half in stock. Such performance-based objectives will be established by the Company’s board of directors as soon as reasonably practicable and reevaluated on an annual basis by mutual agreement of Mr. Zapata and the Company’s board of directors or its Compensation Committee.

 

Philip Bosco

 

Mr. Bosco was named the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective December 1, 2020. The Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Bosco as of November 16, 2020. As contemplated by the terms of the agreement, the Company will pay to Mr. Bosco an annual salary of $225,000. Mr. Bosco was granted 9,222 shares of restricted stock upon the execution of his agreement. The employment agreement allows for a performance-based bonus to be paid in additional restricted stock units with a maximum cash value equivalent of $67,500.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

The following table presents information regarding our NEOs’ unexercised option and other equity incentive plan awards to purchase our common stock as of May 31, 2022:

 

Option Awards Other Equity Incentive Plan Awards
    Equity Incentive
  Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
  Number of Number of     Plan Awards: Market or Payout
  Securities Securities     Number of Value of Unearned
  Underlying Underlying     Unearned Shares, Shares, Units or
  Unexercised Unexercised Option Option Units or Other Other Rights That
  Options (#) Options (#) Exercise Price Expiration Rights That Have Have Not Vested ($)
Name Exercisable Unexercisable ($) Date Not Vested (#) (4)
Michael R. Zapata(1)
Philip Bosco(2) 6,148 $27,297

 

(1)Mr. Zapata was appointed Executive Chairman and President, effective December 1, 2018.

(2)Mr. Bosco was appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1, 2020.

(3)Mr. Schmidt transitioned from Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective December 1, 2020.

(4)The market value of the unearned shares is based on the closing price on May 31, 2022 of $4.44.

 

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Compensation of Non-Employee Directors

 

In July 2019, the Board simplified the director compensation structure. Directors are expected to attend, at a minimum, each quarterly meeting, and to be available to provide insight and guidance of the strategy of the Company, as needed throughout the year.

 

Under this current policy, independent directors are paid a $20,000 annual retainer, and the Chairman will receive a $30,000 annual retainer, paid quarterly. These retainers will be paid in restricted stock units until the director has reached the minimum share ownership guidelines of three times their annual retainer amount.

 

Further, the chairman and members of the Audit Committee will receive an annual fee of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively, paid quarterly; the chairman and members of the Compensation Committee will receive an annual fee of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively, paid quarterly; and the chairman and members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will receive an annual fee of $1,000 and $500, respectively, paid quarterly. Directors may receive their committee fees in cash regardless of their Company stock ownership level.

 

The Company also reimburses travel and lodging expenses incurred in connection with attending meetings of the Board and its committees.

 

The following table presents information regarding cash compensation paid to non-employee directors of the Company for fiscal year 2022 (“Fiscal 2022”):

 

Name  Cash  Equity(1)  Total
Current Directors:               
Charles Davidson  $24,750   $   $24,750 
Andrew Hines   11,000        11,000 
Steven Strom   12,000        12,000 
Lillian Tung(2)   9,603    14,405    24,008 
Alexandre Zyngier(3)       28,256    28,256 

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(1) The value of restricted stock units is granted to each applicable director have been determined in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles
(2) Mr. Hines resigned as director in November 2021.
(3) Ms. Tung resigned as a director in September 2022
(4) Mr. Zyngier became a director of the Company in October 2021.

 

The Compensation Committee periodically awards our non-employee directors with equity-based compensation. The following table presents information regarding our non-employee directors’ unexercised equity incentive plan awards to purchase the Company’s common stock as of May 31, 2022:

  

  Stock Awards
    Equity Incentive Plan

Name

Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested (#)

Awards: Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not

Vested ($)(1) 

Charles Davidson
Andrew P. Hines
Lillian Tung
(1)The market value of the unvested units is based on the closing price on May 31, 2022 of $4.44.

 

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ITEM 12.SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

The following table presents information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of October 11, 2022, by:

 

each person, or group of affiliated persons, known to us to beneficially own more than 5% of the outstanding common stock;

each of our directors and NEOs; and

all of our directors and executive officers as a group.

 

The amounts and percentages of common stock beneficially owned are reported on the basis of regulations of the SEC governing the determination of beneficial ownership of securities. The information relating to our 5% beneficial owners is based on information we received from such holders. Under the rules of the SEC, a person is deemed to be a “beneficial owner” of a security if that person has or shares voting power, which includes the power to vote or direct the voting of a security, or investment power, which includes the power to dispose of or to direct the disposition of a security. A person is also deemed to be a beneficial owner of any securities of which that person has a right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days. Under these rules, more than one person may be deemed a beneficial owner of the same securities and a person may be deemed to be a beneficial owner of securities as to which such person has no economic interest. The percentage of beneficial ownership is based on 3,872,134 shares of common stock outstanding as of October 11, 2022.

 

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Except as otherwise noted below, the address of persons listed in the following table is:

 

c/o Schmitt Industries, Inc.

2765 N.W. Nicolai Street

Portland, Oregon 97210

 

 

Name of Beneficial Owner  Number  Percentage
Persons known to beneficially own more than 5%          
GAMCO Investors, Inc.(1)   610,000    15.8%
Sententia Capital Management LLC(2)   474,235    12.2%
Activist Investing LLC (3)   377,892    9.8%
Directors and NEOs          
Michael R. Zapata(2)(4)   539,839    13.9%
Philip Bosco(5)   10,749    * 
Charles Davidson(6)   41,967    1.1%
Alexandre Zyngier(8)   6,534    * 
All executive officers and directors as a group (4 persons)(9)   599,089    15.5%

* Represents holdings of less than 1% of shares outstanding.

 

(1)The address of GAMCO Investors, Inc. is One Corporate Center, Rye, NY 10580. This disclosure is based on information contained in a Schedule 13D/A filed by GAMCO Investors, Inc. with the SEC on August 27, 2020.

(2)Michael R. Zapata, as the managing member of Sententia Capital Management, LLC, general partner of Sententia Group, LP, and as the managing member of Sententia Capital Management, LLC, may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of common stock beneficially owned by Sententia Capital Management LLC. Mr. Zapata disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein. This disclosure is based on information contained in a Schedule 13D/A filed by Sententia Capital Management LLC with the SEC on December 17, 2019 and a Form 4 filed by Michael Zapata with the SEC on April 18, 2022.

(3)The address of Activist Investing LLC is 1185 Avenue of the Americas, Third Floor New York, New York 10036. This disclosure is based on information contained in a Schedule 13D filed by Activist Investing LLC with the SEC on November 19, 2021.

(4)Includes 65,604 shares of the Company’s common stock held directly by Mr. Zapata as of October 11, 2022.

(5)Includes 10,749 shares of the Company’s common stock held as of October 11, 2022.

(6)Includes 26,967 shares of the Company’s common stock held as of October 11, 2022 and options to purchase 15,000 shares of common stock at a strike price of $1.70, all of which were vested on October 11, 2022.

(7)Includes 6,603 shares of the Company’s common stock held as of October 11, 2022.

(8)Includes 6,534 shares of the Company’s common stock held as of October 11, 2022.

(9)Consists of 605,692 shares held as of October 11, 2022, 15,000 shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon exercise of options with a strike price of $1.70.

 

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Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

The following table summarizes information about our equity compensation plans as of May 31, 2022:

 

Plan Category

Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

Weighted average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in the

first column)

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders(1) 15,000   1.70   359,477
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders 0   0   0
Total 15,000   1.70   359,477

 

(1) These equity compensation plans consist of our 2014 Equity Incentive Plan and our 2004 Stock Option Plan.

 

ITEM 13.CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

Mr. Zapata is the founding member of Sententia, and Mr. Schmidt, our former CFO and Treasurer, is a former employee of Sententia, Mr. Zapata is the founding member of Sententia, a value-based investment firm, of which he has served as general partner since its inception in 2012. The Company entered into a consulting agreement with Sententia, where Sententia has agreed to provide executive management services to the Company, which shall be performed by Mr. Zapata in his role as CEO. The Company and Mr. Zapata transitioned from the consulting agreement to full employment of Mr. Zapata in 2020.

 

On August 7, 2021, the Company received a commitment letter to the Company (the “Commitment”) from Mr. Zapata. The Commitment stated that Sententia or its affiliated entities will provide additional capital as required to the Company up to $1,300,000 for the Company’s operations as needed through November 30, 2022. On April 13, 2022, the Company formalized drawdown terms on the Commitment in the form of a promissory note, which states that Sententia or its affiliates will provide the Company with additional capital of up to $1,300,000 for the Company’s operations, as needed, through February 28, 2023. Drawdown terms include a 1.0% origination fee, 18-month term after drawdown and an 8.0% payment-in-kind interest rate.

 

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Director Independence

 

The Board has determined that, except for Mr. Zapata, all of our current non-employee directors are independent within the meaning of SEC and NASDAQ rules. The Board has also determined that all directors serving on the Audit Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compensation Committee are independent within the meaning of SEC and NASDAQ rules.

 

ITEM 14.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

Audit Committee Policies and Procedures

 

The Audit Committee pre-approves all audit and non-audit services provided by the independent auditors. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services as allowed by law or regulation. Pre-approval is generally provided for up to one year, and any pre-approval is detailed as to the particular service or category of services and is generally subject to a specifically approved amount. The independent auditors and management are required to periodically report to the Audit Committee regarding the extent of services provided by the independent auditors in accordance with this pre-approval and the fees incurred to date. The Audit Committee, or one of its members to whom authority has been delegated by the Audit Committee, may also pre-approve particular services on a case-by- case basis. The Audit Committee, or one of its members to whom authority had been delegated, pre-approved all of the Company’s audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees, and all other fees for services by the independent auditors during Fiscal 2022 and Fiscal 2021.

 

Fees Billed for the 2022 and 2021 Fiscal Years

 

Audit and Related Fees

 

For the fiscal years ended May 31, 2022 and May 31, 2021, Moss Adams LLP and their affiliates billed, or have estimated they will bill, a total of $0, and $314,747, respectively, for their audits, and fees reasonably related to the performance of the audits of Schmitt’s annual consolidated financial statements for those fiscal years; review of financial statements contained in Schmitt’s Forms 10-Q in those fiscal years; and services that are normally provided by the accountants in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years.

 

For the fiscal years ended May 31, 2022 and May 31, 2021, UHY LLP and their affiliates billed, or have estimated they will bill, a total of $271,625 and $92,250, respectively.

 

Tax Fees

 

For the fiscal years ended May 31, 2022 and May 31, 2021 UHY LLP and their affiliates billed, or have estimated they will bill, a total of $0 and $0, respectively, for preparation of subsidiary tax return.

 

All Other Fees

 

For the fiscal years ended May 31, 2022 and May 31, 2021 UHY LLP and their affiliates billed, or have estimated they will bill, a total of $0 and $0, respectively, for services other than those already disclosed above.

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

Exhibits

 

The following documents are filed as part of this Amendment, and they supplement the exhibits filed and furnished with the Original Filing:

 

Exhibit  
Number Description
31.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

 

  SCHMITT INDUSTRIES, INC.
     
Date:  October 13, 2022 By: /s/ Philip Bosco
    Philip Bosco
    (Chief Financial Officer)

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Name   Title   Date
         
/s/ Michael R. Zapata   President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board (Principal Executive Officer)   October 13, 2022
Michael R. Zapata        
/s/ Philip Bosco   Chief Financial Officer(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)   October 13, 2022
Philip Bosco        
         
/s/ Charles Davidson   Director   October 13, 2022
Charles Davidson        
         
/s/ Alexandre Zygnier   Director   October 13, 2022
Alexandre Zygnier        


 

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Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Michael R. Zapata, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this Amendment No. 1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Schmitt Industries, Inc.; and

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report.

 

Date: October 13, 2022 /s/ Michael R. Zapata
  Michael R. Zapata
 

President and Chief Executive Officer

(principal executive officer)

 

  

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL OFFICER PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Philip Bosco, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this Amendment No. 1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Schmitt Industries, Inc.; and

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report.

 

Date: October 13, 2022 /s/ Philip Bosco
  Philip Bosco
 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(principal financial officer)