Registration No. 333- ............
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE
SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
DIGERATI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
3463 Magic Drive, Suite 355,
San Antonio, Texas
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Digerati Technologies, Inc. 2015 Equity Compensation Plan
(Full title of the plan)
Arthur L. Smith
3463 Magic Drive, Suite 355
San Antonio, Texas 78229
With a Copy to
Caroline C. Pace
Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
5051 Westheimer Road, 10th Floor
Houston, TX 77056
(Name and address of agent for service)
(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
|Large accelerated filer
|Smaller reporting company
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
|Common Stock, $.001 par value per share
1 In addition, pursuant to Rule 416(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement also covers an indeterminate amount of interests to be offered or sold pursuant to the employee benefit plans(s) described herein.
2 Pursuant to Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act of 1933, the offering price of shares of Common Stock to be purchased pursuant to the Plan is based on the last transaction price on November 13, 2015 for the purposes of computing the filing fees.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS
The information specified in Item 1 and Item 2 of Part I of this Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”), to be contained in a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) is omitted from this filing in accordance with the provisions of Rule 428 under the Securities Act and the introductory note to Part I of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I will be delivered to the participants in the plan covered by this Registration Statement as required by Rule 428(b)(1).
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.
The following documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) by Digerati Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) pursuant to the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are hereby incorporated by reference in this registration statement:
(a) The Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2015 filed with the Commission on September 30, 2015.
(b) All other reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act filed with the Commission since the end of the fiscal year covered by the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2015.
(c) The description of the Company’s common stock in Form 10-SB filed with the Commission on August 21, 1997 pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
All documents that the Company subsequently files with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement indicating that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.
Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.
Item 4. Description of Securities.
The Company reincorporated in the State of Nevada on November 12, 2003. On November 6 2012 the Company adopted a 115:1 reverse split of its outstanding shares. Any odd lot of less than 100 shares was rounded up to the next higher multiple of 100 shares. On April 11, 2014, the Company reorganized under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. As a result of the foregoing changes each share of the Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share, registered on Form 10-SB as of August 21, 1997 is now equivalent to approximately 0.009 share of the Company's Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
The Company is incorporated under the laws of the State of Nevada. Subsection 7 of Section 78.138 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (the “Nevada Law”) provided that, with limited exceptions, unless the articles of incorporation provide for greater individual liability, a director or officer is not individually liable to the corporation or its stockholders or creditors for any damages as a result of any act or failure to act in his or her capacity as a director or officer unless it is proven that (i) the director’s or officer’s act or failure to act constituted a breach of his or her fiduciary duties as a director or officer; and (ii) the breach of those duties involved intentional misconduct, fraud or a knowing violation of law.
Subsection 1 of Section 78.7502 of the Nevada Law empowers a corporation to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise (an “Indemnified Party”), against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the Indemnified Party in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if the Indemnified Party acted in good faith and in a manner the Indemnified Party reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceedings, had no reasonable cause to believe the Indemnified Party’s conduct was unlawful.
Subsection 2 of Section 78.7502 of the Nevada Law empowers a corporation to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses, including amounts paid in settlement and attorneys’ fees actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if such person acted in good faith and in a manner which he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, except that no indemnification may be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation or for amounts paid in settlement to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the court determines that in view of all the circumstances such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses as the court deems proper.
Section 78.7502 of the Nevada Law further provides that to the extent a director, officer, employee or agent of a corporation has been successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of any action, suit or proceeding referred to in subsection (1) or (2) described above or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, the corporation shall indemnify him or her against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with the defense.
Subsection 1 of Section 78.751 of the Nevada Law provides that any discretionary indemnification under Section 78.7502 of the Nevada Law, unless ordered by a court or advanced pursuant to Subsection 2 of Section 78.751, may be made by a corporation only as authorized in the specific case upon a determination that indemnification of the director, officer, employee or agent is proper in the circumstances. Such determination must be made (i) by the stockholders, (ii) by the board of directors of the corporation by majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors who were not parties to the action, suit or proceeding, (iii) if a majority vote of a quorum of such disinterested directors so orders, by independent legal counsel in a written opinion, or (iv) by independent legal counsel in a written opinion if a quorum of such disinterested directors cannot be obtained.
Subsection 2 of Section 78.751 of the Nevada Law provides that a corporation’s articles of incorporation or bylaws or an agreement made by the corporation may require the corporation to pay as incurred and in advance of the final disposition of a criminal or civil action, suit or proceeding, the expenses of officers and directors in defending such action, suit or proceeding upon receipt by the corporation of an undertaking by or on behalf of the officer or director to repay the amount if it is ultimately determined by a court that he is not entitled to be indemnified by the corporation. Subsection 2 further provides that the provisions of that Subsection 2 do not affect any rights to advancement of expenses to which corporate personnel other than officers and directors may be entitled under contract or otherwise by law.
Subsection 3 of Section 78.751 of the Nevada Law provides that indemnification and advancement of expenses authorized in or ordered by a court pursuant to said Section 78.751 does not exclude any other rights to which a person seeking indemnification or advancement of expenses may be entitled under the articles of incorporation or any bylaw, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise, for either an action in his or her official capacity or in another capacity while holding office. However, indemnification, unless ordered by a court pursuant to Section 78.7502 or for the advancement of expenses under Subsection 2 of Section 78.751 of the Nevada Law, may not be made to or on behalf of any director or officer of the corporation if a final adjudication establishes that his or her acts or omissions involved intentional misconduct, fraud or a knowing violation of the law and was material to the cause of action. Additionally, the scope of such indemnification and advancement of expenses arising under a provision of the articles of incorporation or any bylaw is not eliminated or impaired by an amendment to such provision after the occurrence of the act or omission that is the subject of any action, suit or proceeding and continues for a person who has ceased to be a director, officer, employee or agent and inures to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of such person.
Section 78.752 of the Nevada Law empowers a corporation to purchase and maintain insurance or make other financial arrangements on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise for any liability asserted against such person and liability and expenses incurred by such person in his or her capacity as a director, officer, employee or agent, or arising out of his or her status as such, whether or not the corporation has the authority to indemnify such person against such liability and expenses.
The Company’s First Amended and Rested Articles of Incorporation and Second Amended and Restated Bylaws contain implementing provisions providing that the personal liability of directors is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada Law and that the Company shall indemnify any and all persons that the Company has to the power to indemnify under Nevada Law to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada Law.
The above-described provisions relating to the exclusion of liability and indemnification of directors and officers are sufficiently broad to permit the indemnification of Indemnified Parties in certain circumstances against liabilities arising under the Securities Act.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to the Company’s directors and officers, and to persons controlling the Company pursuant to the foregoing provisions, the Company has been informed that in the opinion of the Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is therefore unenforceable.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.
Item 8. Exhibits.
The following exhibits are filed as a part of this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 601 of Regulation S.
|Digerati Technologies, Inc. 2015 Equity Compensation Plan.
|Opinion of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC.
|Consent of LBB & Associates Ltd., LLP, independent public accountants.
|Consent of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC (included in Exhibit 5.1).
|Power of Attorney (included on Signature Page).
Item 9. Undertakings.
(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during the period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:
(i) to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
(ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of the securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement;
(iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Company pursuant to Section 13 or Section 115(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act, each post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement of the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time to be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(b) The Company hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Company’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Company pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Company has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act, and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Company of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Company in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Company will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Company certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of San Antonio, and the State of Texas, on November 16, 2015.
DIGERATI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
|/s/ Arthur L. Smith
|Arthur L. Smith
|President and Chief Executive Officer
Each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Arthur L. Smith and Antonio Estrada Jr. true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, with full powers of substitution and re-substitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, full powers and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, or his or her substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities indicated on November 16, 2015.
|/s/ Arthur L. Smith
|/s/ Antonio Estrada Jr.
Arthur L. Smith
(Principal Executive Officer)
Antonio Estrada Jr.
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
|/s/ Craig K. Clement
|/s/ Maxwell A. Polinsky
|Craig K. Clement
|Maxwell A. Polinsky
|Digerati Technologies, Inc. 2015 Equity Compensation Plan
|Opinion of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
|Consent of LBB & Associates Ltd., LLP, independent public accountants
|Consent of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC (included in Exhibit 5.1)
|Power of Attorney (included on Signature Page)