As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 26, 2018
Registration No. 333- ____
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Act of 1933
HEMISPHERX BIOPHARMA, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
2117 SW Highway 484, Ocala FL 34473
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
HEMISPHERX BIOPHARMA, INC. 2018 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
(full title of the plan)
Thomas K. Equels, Chief Executive Officer
Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc.
2117 SW Highway 484, Ocala FL 34473
(Name, Address & Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Richard Feiner, Esq.
Silverman Shin & Byrne PLLC
Wall Street Plaza
88 Pine Street – 22nd Floor
New York, New York 10005
Fax (917) 720-0863
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 definition 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 [X]|
|Emerging growth company [ ]|
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 pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. [ ]
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of Securities
to be Registered
|Amount to be Registered(1)(3)||Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Share(2)||Proposed Maximum Aggregate Offering Price(2)||Amount of Registration Fee|
Shares of Common Stock, $.001 par value (including Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock Purchase Rights)(4)
|Total Registration Fee||$||200.45|
(1) Represents 7,000,000 shares reserved for issuance under the Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan and/or upon exercise of stock options to be granted under the foregoing Plan.
(2) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(c) and Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act.
(3) Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement also covers any additional securities that may be offered or issued in connection with any stock split, stock dividend or similar transaction.
(4) This Registration Statement also relates to the rights to purchase shares of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Registrant, which are attached to all shares of Common Stock pursuant to the terms of the Registrant’s Amended and Restated Rights Agreement dated November 14, 2017. Until the occurrence of prescribed events, the preferred share purchase rights are not exercisable, are evidenced by the certificates for the Common Stock and will be transferred with and only with such Common Stock. The preferred share purchase rights are appurtenant to and trade with the Common Stock and no separate consideration will be received for the preferred share purchase rights. Therefore, the registration fee for the preferred shares purchase rights is included in the fee for the Common Stock.
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 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 the Registration Statement on Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I will be delivered to the participants in the Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan covered by this Registration Statement as required by Rule 428(b) (1).
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.
The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” the information we file with the SEC, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you to those documents. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be part of this Registration Statement, and later information filed with the SEC will update and supersede this information. We hereby incorporate by reference into this Registration Statement the following documents previously filed with the SEC:
|●||Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017;|
|●||Our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018;|
|●||Our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018;|
|●||Our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 12, 2018, January 22, 2018, March 2, 2018, March 22, 2018, April 6, 2018, April 17, 2018, April 20, 2018, May 2, 2018, August 3, 2018 and September 13, 2018; and the amended Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed with the Commission on March 19, 2018;|
|●||Our definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed on August 3, 2018;|
|●||A description of the Rights to purchase shares of our Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, which are attached to all shares of Common Stock, is contained in our registration statement on Form 8-A12B, SEC File No. 0-27072, filed on November 14, 2017; and|
|●||A description of our common stock contained in our registration statement on Form S-1, SEC File No. 333-117178, and any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating this description.|
Except to the extent that information therein is deemed furnished and not filed pursuant to the Exchange Act, all documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the effective date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement indicating that all securities offered hereby have been sold or deregistering all securities then remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. Any statement contained herein or in any 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 to constitute a part of this Registration Statement, except as so modified or superseded.
We will provide without charge to each person to whom documents are being provided pursuant to Part I of this Registration Statement, upon the written or oral request of any such person, a copy of any document described above (other than exhibits). Requests for such copies should be directed to Corporate Secretary, Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc., 2117 SW Highway 484, Ocala FL 34473, Phone: (407) 839-0095.
Item 4. Description of Securities.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
As permitted by Section 102 of the DGCL, we have adopted provisions in our certificate of incorporation and bylaws that limit or eliminate the personal liability of our directors for a breach of their fiduciary duty of care as a director. The duty of care generally requires that, when acting on behalf of the corporation, directors exercise an informed business judgment based on all material information reasonably available to them. Consequently, a director will not be personally liable to us or our stockholders for monetary damages or breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability for:
|●||any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to us or our stockholders;|
|●||any act or omission not in good faith or that involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;|
|●||any act related to unlawful stock repurchases, redemptions or other distributions or payment of dividends; or|
|●||any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.|
These limitations of liability do not affect the availability of equitable remedies such as injunctive relief or rescission. Our certificate of incorporation also authorizes us to indemnify our officers, directors and other agents to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law.
As permitted by Section 145 of the DGCL, our bylaws provide that:
|●||we may indemnify our directors, officers, employees and agents to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, subject to limited exceptions;|
|●||we may advance expenses to our directors, officers, employees and agents in connection with a legal proceeding to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, subject to limited exceptions; and|
|●||the rights provided in our bylaws are not exclusive.|
We have purchased a policy of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance that insures our directors and officers against the cost of defense, settlement or payment of a judgment in some circumstances.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.
Item 8. Exhibits.
|4.1||Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan.*|
|4.2||Specimen certificate representing our Common Stock.(1)|
|4.3||Amended and Restated Rights Agreement, dated as of November 14, 2017, between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC. The Amended and Restated Right Agreement includes the Form of Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of the Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, the Form of Rights Certificate and the Summary of the Right to Purchase Preferred Stock. (2)|
|5.1||Opinion of Silverman Shin & Byrne PLLC, legal counsel.*|
|23.1||Consent of RSM US LLP*|
|23.3||Consent of Silverman Shin & Byrne PLLC, legal counsel (included in Exhibit 5.1).|
|24.1||Powers of Attorney (included in Signature Pages to the Registration Statement on Form S-8).|
|(1)||Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1(No. 33-93314) filed November 2, 1995 and is hereby incorporated by reference.|
|(2)||Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2017 as an exhibit to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A12B (No. 0-27072) and is hereby incorporated by reference.|
Item 9. Undertakings.
(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any 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 of 1933;
(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 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% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and
(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 registration statement is on form S-8 and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment 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.
(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 undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) 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 of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant 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 registrant 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 of 1933 and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant, Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc., 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 Ocala, State of Florida, on the 26th day of September, 2018.
|HEMISPHERX BIOPHARMA, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Thomas K. Equels|
|Thomas K. Equels, Chief Executive Officer|
POWER OF ATTORNEY
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Thomas K. Equels acting alone, his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for such person in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, in connection with the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 under the Securities Act of 1933, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to sign the Registration Statement in the name and on behalf of the Registrant or on behalf of the undersigned as a director or officer of the Registrant, and any and all amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement, including any and all stickers and post-effective amendments to the Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any applicable securities exchange or securities self-regulatory body, granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, full power 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, or their substitutes or substitute, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement on Form S-8 has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on the dates indicated.
|/s/ Thomas K. Equels|
|Thomas K. Equels||Chief Executive Officer||September 26, 2018|
|(Principal Executive) and Director|
|/s/ Adam Pascale|
|Adam Pascale||Chief Financial Officer||September 26, 2018|
|(Chief Accounting Officer)|
|/s/ William M. Mitchell|
|William M. Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.||Director||September 26, 2018|
|/s/ Stewart Appelrouth|
|Stewart Appelrouth||Director||September 26, 2018|
Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc.
Index to Exhibits
|4.1||Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan.|
|5.1||Opinion of Silverman Shin & Byrne PLLC, legal counsel.|
|23.1||Consent of RSM US LLP.|