Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

10. Commitments and Contingencies

Litigation and Claims

Various legal actions, proceedings, and claims (generally, “matters”) are pending or may be instituted or asserted against the Company. The Company accrues for matters when losses are deemed probable and reasonably estimable. Any resulting adjustments, which could be material, are recorded in the period the adjustments are identified. The Company has not identified any legal matters needing to be recorded or disclosed as of September 30, 2017.


The Company leases the existing office space under an amended non-cancelable operating lease that expires in May 2018. Rent expense is recognized using the straight-line method over the term of the lease. In addition to minimum lease payments, the office lease requires payment of a proportionate share of real estate taxes and building operating expenses. Total rent expense was $65 thousand and $63 thousand for three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Total rent expense was $195 thousand and $206 thousand for nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Future minimum lease commitments as of September 30, 2017 are as follows (in thousands):



   $ 56  

2018 and beyond






   $ 150  




Sale Leaseback

In September 2017, the Company entered into a twenty year sale-leaseback transaction for a property that will be the Company’s new corporate headquarters. The Company is deemed the “owner” for accounting purposes and the lease will be treated as a capital lease.

Under the Lease Agreement, the Company will initially pay annual base rent of $490 thousand until the construction is substantially complete. Occupancy is expected to be on or about May 1, 2018 at which time the Company will pay an annual base rent of 8% of the total project cost. Based on the initial costs of the project, the Company will pay an estimated annual base rent of $1,480 thousand.

Obligations to Cellectis

As of September 30, 2017, the Company had short-term Parent obligations of $3.3 million consisting of amounts owed under the intercompany management agreement for services provided by Cellectis and costs incurred by Cellectis on behalf of the Company.

Forward Purchase Commitments

The Company has forward purchase commitments with growers to purchase seed and grain at future dates in the amount of approximately $1.6 million that are estimated based on anticipated yield and expected price. This amount is not recorded in the financial statements because the company has not taken delivery of the seed and grain.