Washington, D.C. 20549









Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 17, 2020


           BRIDGELINE DIGITAL, INC.          

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-33567 52-2263942
(State or other (Commission  (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of File Number) Identification No.)


100 TradeCenter, Suite G-700

Woburn, MA 01801

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


(781) 376-5555

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement


On April 17, 2020, Bridgeline Digital, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a loan with BNB Bank as the lender (“Lender”) in an aggregate principal amount of $1,047,500 (“PPP Loan”) pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The PPP Loan is evidenced by a promissory note (“Note”). Subject to the terms of the Note, the PPP Loan bears interest at a fixed rate of one percent (1%) per annum, with the first six months of interest deferred, has an initial term of two years, and is unsecured and guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. The Company may apply to the Lender for forgiveness of the PPP Loan, with the amount which may be forgiven equal to the sum of payroll costs, covered rent obligations, and covered utility payments incurred by the Company during the eight-week period beginning on April 21, 2020, calculated in accordance with the terms of the CARES Act.


The Note provides for prepayment and customary events of default including, among other things, cross-defaults on any other loan with the Lender. The PPP Loan may be accelerated upon the occurrence of an event of default.


The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Note, a copy of which is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 8.01

Other Events.


On April 21, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing that it had entered into the PPP Loan. The Press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01

Financial Statement and Exhibits.


Exhibit No.



Promissory Note, dated as of April 17, 2020, by Bridgeline Digital, Inc. in favor of BNB Bank.


Press release dated April 21, 2020.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







By: /s/Mark G. Downey                            

Mark G. Downey

Chief Financial Officer



Date: April 21, 2020








Exhibit No.

Exhibit Description



Promissory Note, dated as of April 17, 2020, by Bridgeline Digital, Inc. in favor of BNB Bank.


Press release dated April 20, 2020.




Image Exhibit

 Exhibit 10.1
































Exhibit 99.1


Bridgeline Secures $1 Million Loan Under Paycheck Protection Program Provision of CARES Act



Woburn, Mass., April 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bridgeline Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLIN), a provider in cloud-based digital experience software announced that it accepted a $1 million loan under the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) (the “Loan”) contained within the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The Loan was obtained from BNB Bank in New York. As a U.S. Small Business, Bridgeline qualifies for the PPP which is a forgivable loan designed to create economic stimulus by providing additional operating capital to small businesses in the United States.


The Loan has a fixed rate of one percent (1%) per annum over two years and up to 100% of the loan will be forgiven based on the amount of the funds used during first eight-week period following the loan origination date used towards payroll, rent, and certain other operating expenses. The forgiven amount is not included in taxable income.


“We are grateful to the Small Business Administration for creating and implementing this much-needed safety net in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This loan gives us a cushion to support our workers in view of the uncertain duration of the pandemic. We expect to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever with healthy financials and a strong team,” said Ari Kahn, President and CEO of Bridgeline.


Mark Downey, Bridgeline’s Chief Financial Officer, said “I’d like to thank BNB Bank for its efficiency and customer service that resulted in Bridgeline receiving its PPP loan.” BNB Bank is a commercial bank serving Long Island and the greater New York metropolitan area, and known as a trusted financial partner to businesses capable of making fast, local decisions.



About Bridgeline Digital


Bridgeline Digital, The Digital Engagement Company™, helps customers maximize the performance of their omni-channel digital experience - from websites and intranets to online stores and campaigns. Bridgeline's Unbound platform deeply integrates Web Content Management, eCommerce, Marketing Automation, Site Search, Community Portals, Social Media Management, Translation and Web Analytics to help organizations deliver digital experiences that attract, engage, nurture and convert their customers across all channels and streamline business operations. Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Bridgeline has thousands of quality customers that range from small- and medium-sized organizations to Fortune 1000 companies. To learn more, please visit or call (800) 603-9936.




Mark G. Downey

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Bridgeline Digital, Inc.