This excerpt taken from the EYE 8-K filed Jul 13, 2005.
Note 11. Related Parties
In August 2001, we signed a one-year research and development agreement with Medjet Inc. (Medjet) under which we provided funding to Medjet to pursue new ophthalmic technologies and products. In addition, we signed a merger agreement with Medjet that provided us with a one-year option, for which we paid $0.5 million, to acquire all outstanding Medjet common stock in a merger transaction for $2.00 per share in cash. During the third quarter of fiscal 2002, our agreements with Medjet were amended to provide us with up to an additional eleven months to acquire all outstanding Medjet common stock in a merger transaction for $2.00 per share in cash. The closing of the potential merger was subject to Medjets stockholder approval and to other customary conditions to closing. In August 2001, we also paid $1.3 million to purchase from a third party all outstanding shares of Medjets Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, which are entitled to votes equivalent to 1,040,000 shares of Medjet common stock and vote together with Medjets common stock. These shares owned by us represent 21% of Medjets voting stock. We account for this investment under the equity method prescribed by Accounting Principles Board No. 18, The Equity Method of Accounting for Investments in Common Stock. In connection with these agreements, we also entered into a voting agreement with Dr. Eugene Gordon, founder of Medjet, under which Dr. Gordon agreed to vote all of his shares of common stock in favor of the merger, and agreed to sell all of his stock to us in the event that we offered to complete the merger. Additionally, we acquired warrants from Medjet to purchase 1,320,000 shares of Medjet common stock exercisable at $0.75 per share. We also acquired warrants from a third party to purchase 1,365,000 shares of Medjet common stock exercisable at $3.50 per share. The warrants expire during the second half of 2004. Under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, the warrants are treated as derivatives and measured at fair value. At each balance sheet date, the warrants are remeasured at fair value and all gains and losses are recorded in the statements of operations. The carrying value of the warrants was approximately $0, $2,000, and $2,000 at December 31, 2004, 2003 and 2002, respectively.
Under our R&D agreement with Medjet, we paid approximately $2.0 million and $1.0 million to Medjet to fund research and development work they performed during 2002 and 2001, respectively. We expensed payments made to Medjet as research, development, and regulatory expense in our financial statements.
In November 2002, we terminated our merger and research and development agreements with Medjet. In accordance with these agreements, we paid Medjet termination fees of $250,000 in the fourth quarter of 2002. Under generally accepted accounting principles, we are required to review our investment in Medjets Series B Convertible Preferred Stock for losses that are other than temporary. We performed an impairment analysis as a result of the continued decline in market capitalization of Medjet common stock. As a result, we recorded an impairment charge equal to the carrying value of our investment of $1.3 million in 2002.
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS(Continued)