UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-Q

QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020

TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from __________ to __________

Commission File Number 001-36245
RiceBran Technologies
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

California
 
87-0673375
 (State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
 (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

1330 Lake Robbins Drive, Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 
77380
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) 
 
 (Zip Code)

(281) 675-2421
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
None
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
 
Trading symbol
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, no par value per share
 
RIBT
 
The NASDAQ Capital Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes ☒  No ☐

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 the definitions 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 ☒
     
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 provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule l2b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ☐ No ☒

As of November 2, 2020, shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding totaled 41,972,594.



RiceBran Technologies
Index
Form 10-Q

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Page
 
Item 1.
3
 
  3
 
  4
    5
    6
    7
 
Item 2.
18
 
Item 3.
20
 
Item 4.
20
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 
Item 1.
          20
 
Item 1A.
20
 
Item 2.
21
 
Item 3.
21
 
Item 4.
21
 
Item 5.
21
 
Item 6.
21
22

Cautionary Note about Forward-Looking Statements

This quarterly report on Form 10-Q contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including, but not limited to, any projections of earnings, revenue, liquidity or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning proposed new services, products or developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; any statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Forward-looking statements may include the words “may,” “could,” “will,” “estimate,” “intend,” “continue,” “believe,” “expect” or “anticipate” or other similar words.  The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Actual results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties, including the factors that may affect future results set forth in this Current Report on Form 10-Q and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.  We disclaim any obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this quarterly report.

Unless the context requires otherwise, references to “we,” “us,” “our” and “the Company” refer to RiceBran Technologies and its consolidated subsidiaries.

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PART I.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.
Financial Statements.

RiceBran Technologies
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
                         
Revenues
 
$
5,160
   
$
5,300
   
$
19,393
   
$
17,883
 
Cost of goods sold
   
5,955
     
5,659
     
21,817
     
18,143
 
Gross loss
   
(795
)
   
(359
)
   
(2,424
)
   
(260
)
Selling, general and administrative expenses
   
1,875
     
3,835
     
7,040
     
10,598
 
Operating loss
   
(2,670
)
   
(4,194
)
   
(9,464
)
   
(10,858
)
Other income (expense):
                               
Interest income
   
-
     
19
     
19
     
42
 
Interest expense
   
(70
)
   
(9
)
   
(195
)
   
(40
)
Other income
   
-
     
859
     
5
     
865
 
Other expense
   
(26
)
   
(1
)
   
(113
)
   
(5
)
Total other income (expense), net
   
(96
)
   
868
     
(284
)
   
862
 
Loss before income taxes
   
(2,766
)
   
(3,326
)
   
(9,748
)
   
(9,996
)
Income tax expense
   
(8
)
   
-
     
(8
)
   
-
 
Loss from continuing operations
   
(2,774
)
   
(3,326
)
   
(9,756
)
   
(9,996
)
Loss from discontinued operations
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(216
)
Net loss
 
$
(2,774
)
 
$
(3,326
)
 
$
(9,756
)
 
$
(10,212
)
                                 
Basic loss per common share:
                               
Continuing operations
 
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.10
)
 
$
(0.24
)
 
$
(0.31
)
Discontinued operations
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(0.01
)
Basic loss per common share
 
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.10
)
 
$
(0.24
)
 
$
(0.32
)
                                 
Diluted loss per common share:
                               
Continuing operations
 
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.10
)
 
$
(0.24
)
 
$
(0.31
)
Discontinued operations
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
(0.01
)
Diluted loss per common share
 
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.10
)
 
$
(0.24
)
 
$
(0.32
)
                                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
 
Basic
   
40,824,281
     
33,057,010
     
40,279,866
     
31,947,087
 
Diluted
   
40,824,281
     
33,057,010
     
40,279,866
     
31,947,087
 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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RiceBran Technologies
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited) (in thousands)

   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
                         
Net loss
 
$
(2,774
)
 
$
(3,326
)
 
$
(9,756
)
 
$
(10,212
)
                                 
Derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges:
                               
Gains (losses) arising during the period
   
43
     
-
     
(57
)
   
-
 
Reclassification of losses realized to cost of goods sold
   
5
     
-
     
57
     
-
 
Net other comprehensive income
   
48
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
                                 
Comprehensive loss
 
$
(2,726
)
 
$
(3,326
)
 
$
(9,756
)
 
$
(10,212
)

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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RiceBran Technologies
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except share amounts)

    
September 30,
2020
   
December 31,
2019
 
ASSETS
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
3,890
   
$
8,444
 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $23 and $347
   
2,446
     
3,738
 
Inventories
   
1,665
     
898
 
Other current assets
   
1,619
     
691
 
Total current assets
   
9,620
     
13,771
 
Property and equipment, net
   
17,289
     
19,077
 
Operating lease right-of-use assets
   
2,527
     
2,752
 
Goodwill
   
3,915
     
3,915
 
Intangible assets
   
777
     
950
 
Other long-term assets
   
-
     
27
 
Total assets
 
$
34,128
   
$
40,492
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
 
$
845
   
$
833
 
Commodities payable
   
554
     
829
 
Accrued salary, wages and benefits
   
879
     
877
 
Accrued expenses
   
439
     
884
 
Customer prepayments
   
-
     
12
 
Operating lease liabilities, current portion
   
334
     
309
 
Due under insurance premium finance agreements
   
327
     
116
 
Due under factoring agreement
   
1,814
     
1,823
 
Finance lease liabilities, current portion
   
89
     
101
 
Long-term debt, current portion
   
575
     
28
 
Total current liabilities
   
5,856
     
5,812
 
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion
   
2,403
     
2,674
 
Finance lease liabilities, less current portion
   
132
     
190
 
Long-term debt, less current portion
   
2,264
     
73
 
Total liabilities
   
10,655
     
8,749
 
Commitments and contingencies
               
Shareholders' equity:
               
Preferred stock, 20,000,000 shares authorized: Series G, convertible, 3,000 shares authorized, stated value $225,225 shares, issued and outstanding
   
112
     
112
 
Common stock, no par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 41,972,594 shares and 40,074,483 shares, issued and outstanding
   
320,297
     
318,811
 
Accumulated deficit
   
(296,936
)
   
(287,180
)
Total shareholders' equity
   
23,473
     
31,743
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
34,128
   
$
40,492
 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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RiceBran Technologies
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2019
(Unaudited) (in thousands)

   
2020
   
2019
 
Cash flow from operating activities:
           
Net loss
 
$
(9,756
)
 
$
(10,212
)
Loss from discontinued operations
   
-
     
216
 
Loss from continuing operations
   
(9,756
)
   
(9,996
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities
         
Depreciation
   
1,804
     
1,332
 
Amortization
   
173
     
39
 
Stock and share-based compensation
   
817
     
925
 
Loss on disposition of property and equipment
   
305
     
-
 
Loss on involuntary conversion of assets
   
100
     
-
 
Settlement with sellers of Golden Ridge
   
-
     
(849
)
Other
   
(18
)
   
166
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:
               
Accounts receivable
   
1,360
     
(215
)
Inventories
   
(767
)
   
388
 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
   
(651
)
   
(271
)
Commodities payable
   
(275
)
   
(1,896
)
Other
   
(320
)
   
(308
)
Net cash used in operating activities
   
(7,228
)
   
(10,685
)
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Purchases of property and equipment
   
(1,060
)
   
(3,513
)
Proceeds from insurance on involuntary converison
   
250
     
-
 
Proceeds from sale of property
   
15
     
-
 
Acquisition of MGI
   
-
     
(3,767
)
Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations
   
(795
)
   
(7,280
)
Net cash used in investing activities - discontinued operations
   
-
     
(475
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Payments on factoring agreement
   
(20,663
)
   
-
 
Advances on factoring agreement
   
20,584
     
-
 
Advances on insurance premium finance agreements
   
802
     
643
 
Payments on insurance premium finance agreements
   
(591
)
   
(415
)
Advances on debt and finance lease liabilities
   
2,792
     
-
 
Payments on debt and finance lease liabilities
   
(124
)
   
(331
)
Proceeds from issuances of common stock and prefunded warrant, net of issuance costs
   
657
     
11,593
 
Proceeds from common stock warrant exercises
   
12
     
1,990
 
Proceeds from common stock option exercises
   
-
     
156
 
Proceeds from margin loan
   
-
     
1,225
 
Net cash provided by financing activities
   
3,469
     
14,861
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
$
(4,554
)
 
$
(3,579
)
                 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period
               
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
8,444
   
$
7,044
 
Restricted cash
   
-
     
225
 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period
   
8,444
     
7,269
 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
               
Cash and cash equivalents
   
3,890
     
3,690
 
Restricted cash
   
-
     
-
 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
   
3,890
     
3,690
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
$
(4,554
)
 
$
(3,579
)
                 
Supplemental disclosures:
               
Cash paid for interest
 
$
126
   
$
40
 
Cash paid for income taxes
 
$
7
   
$
-
 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements (interim financial statements) of RiceBran Technologies and its subsidiaries were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for reporting on Form 10-Q; therefore, they do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  The interim financial statements contain all adjustments necessary to present fairly the interim results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented of a normal and recurring nature necessary to present fairly the interim results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented.

These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated audited financial statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which included all disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles.

The results reported in these interim financial statements are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year, or any other future period, and have been prepared based on the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. 

NOTE 2. BUSINESS

We are a specialty ingredient company focused on producing value-added processing and marketing of healthy, natural and nutrient dense products derived from rice and other small grains, and the by-products created in the milling of these grains. Notably, we apply our proprietary technologies to convert raw rice bran into stabilized rice bran (SRB), and high value derivative products including: RiBalance, a rice bran nutritional package derived from SRB; RiSolubles, a nutritious, carbohydrate and lipid rich fraction of RiBalance; RiFiber, a fiber rich insoluble derivative of RiBalance and ProRyza, a rice bran protein-based product; and a variety of other valuable derivatives extracted from these core products.

In granular form, SRB is a food additive used in the production of products for both human and animal consumption. We believe SRB has certain inherent qualities that make it more attractive for this purpose than food additives based on the by-products of other agricultural commodities, such as corn and soybeans.  Our SRB and refined SRB products and derivatives support the production of healthy, natural, hypoallergenic, gluten free, and non-genetically modified ingredients and supplements for use in meats, baked goods, cereals, coatings, health foods, and high-end animal nutrition.  Our target customers are natural food, food and animal nutrition manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, both domestically and internationally.

We manufacture and distribute SRB in various granulations from four locations: two leased facilities located within supplier-owned rice mills in Arbuckle and West Sacramento, California; one company-owned facility in Mermentau, Louisiana; and our company-owned rice mill in Wynne, Arkansas.  At our Dillon, Montana facility, we produce SRB based products and derivatives that have been further refined through our proprietary processes.  Our rice mill in Wynne, Arkansas also supplies grades U.S. No. 1 and No. 2 premium long and medium white rice.  We also own a grain processing facility in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, at which we mill a variety of grains which we offer to the market.

NOTE 3. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Recent Accounting Guidance

Recent accounting standards not yet adopted

The following discusses the accounting standard(s) not yet adopted that will, or are expected to, result in a significant change in practice.

In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued guidance ASU No. 2016-13 Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments which changes the accounting for credit losses for certain instruments, including trade receivables, from an incurred loss method to a current expected loss method.  The measurement of expected credit losses is based on relevant information about past events, including historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts.  The guidance, and subsequent guidance related to the topic, is effective for our annual and interim periods beginning in 2023 and must be adopted on a modified retrospective approach through cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of January 1, 2023.  Based on the nature of our current receivables and our credit loss history, we do not expect the adoption of the guidance to have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial position, or cash flows.
 
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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Recently adopted accounting standards

In December 2019, the FASB issued guidance ASU No. 2019-12 - Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes which, among other things, removed an exception in the guidance to the incremental approach for intraperiod tax allocation when there is a loss from continuing operations and income or a gain from other items such as discontinued operations.  We early adopted the guidance effective January 1, 2020.  Adoption of the guidance had no impact on our results of operations, financial position, or cashflows.

Reclassifications – Certain reclassifications have been made to amounts reported for the prior period to achieve consistent presentation with the current period. Such reclassifications had no impact on previously reported net loss or shareholders’ equity.

Derivative Financial Instruments

In May 2020, we began, from time to time, to use derivative financial instruments to manage a portion of our risks related to commodity prices.  We do not use derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.  Changes in the fair value of derivative financial instruments are recognized either in cost of goods sold or in shareholders’ equity as a component of other comprehensive income (loss) (OCI), depending on whether the derivative financial instrument is undesignated or qualifies for hedge accounting.  Derivatives designated and qualifying as a hedge of the exposure to variability in expected future cash flows, or other types of forecasted transactions, are considered cash flow hedges.  Gains and losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, to the extent they are included in the assessment of effectiveness, are recorded in OCI and subsequently reclassified to cost of goods sold to offset the impact of the hedged items when they occur.  In the event it becomes probable the forecasted transaction to which a cash flow hedge relates will not occur, the derivative is terminated and the amount in accumulated OCI is recognized in earnings.  All cash flows related to derivative financial instruments are classified as operating activities in our consolidated statements of cash flows.

NOTE 4. ACQUISITION

On April 4, 2019, we acquired substantially all of the assets comprising the business of MGI Grain Processing, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company, now conducting business as MGI Grain Incorporated (MGI). The results of MGI’s operations are included in our consolidated financial statements beginning April 4, 2019.  The following table provides unaudited pro forma information for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2019, as if the MGI acquisition had occurred January 1, 2019.

   
Three Months Ended
September 30, 2019
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2019
 
Revenues (in thousands)
 
$
5,300
   
$
19,083
 
Loss from continuing operations (in thousands)
 
$
(3,326
)
 
$
(9,865
)
Loss per share - continuing operations
 
$
(0.10
)
 
$
(0.31
)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted
   
33,057,010
     
31,947,087
 

No adjustments have been made in the pro forma information for synergies that are resulting or planned from the MGI acquisition.  The unaudited proforma information is not indicative of the results that may have been achieved had the companies been combined as of January 1, 2019, or of our future operating results.

NOTE 5. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

As of September 30, 2020, we have $2.4 million of cash and cash equivalents invested in a money market fund with net assets invested in U.S. Dollar denominated money market securities of domestic and foreign issuers, U.S. Government securities and repurchase agreements.  We consider all liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents.

We have cash on deposit in excess of federally insured limits at a bank.  We do not believe that maintaining substantially all such assets with the bank or investing in a liquid money market fund represent material risks.

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 6. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE AND REVENUES

Amounts billed and due from our customers are classified as accounts receivable on our consolidated balance sheets and require payment on a short-term basis. Invoices are generally issued at the point control transfers and substantially all of our invoices are due within 30 days or less, however certain customers have terms of up to 120 days.  For substantially all of our contracts, control of the ordered product(s) transfers at our location.  Periodically, we require payment prior to the point in time we recognize revenue.  Amounts received from customers prior to revenue recognition on a contract are contract liabilities, are classified as customer prepayments liability on our consolidated balance sheets and are typically applied to an invoice within 30 days of the prepayment.  Revenues in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, include less than $0.1 million in revenue unearned as of December 31, 2019.

Our accounts receivable potentially subject us to significant concentrations of credit risk.  Revenues and accounts receivable from significant customers (customers with revenue or accounts receivable in excess of 10% of consolidated totals) are stated below as a percent of consolidated totals.

   
Customer


 
A


 
B

   
C

    D

% of revenues, three months ended September 30, 2020
   
6
%
   
12
%
   
11
%
   
4
%
% of revenues, three months ended September 30, 2019
   
10
%
   
13
%
   
11
%
   
3
%
                                 
% of revenues, nine months ended September 30, 2020
   
11
%
   
10
%
   
5
%
   
3
%
% of revenues, nine months ended September 30, 2019
   
14
%
   
11
%
   
10
%
   
1
%
                                 
% of accounts receivable, as of September 30, 2020
   
5
%
   
19
%
   
12
%
   
10
%
% of accounts receivable, as of December 31, 2019
   
31
%
   
10
%
   
8
%
   
10
%

In all periods presented, less than 10% of our revenues related to shipments to locations outside of the U.S.  The following table presents revenues by product line (in thousands).

   
Three Months Ended September 30
   
Nine Months Ended September 30
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
Food
 
$
3,160
   
$
3,573
   
$
13,319
   
$
12,685
 
Animal nutrition
   
2,000
     
1,727
     
6,074
     
5,198
 
Revenues
 
$
5,160
   
$
5,300
   
$
19,393
   
$
17,883
 

NOTE 7. INVENTORIES

The following table details the components of inventories (in thousands).

     
September 30,
2020
     
December 31,
2019
  
Finished goods
 
$
1,363
   
$
698
 
Raw materials
   
180
     
90
 
Packaging
   
122
     
110
 
Inventories
 
$
1,665
   
$
898
 

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NOTE 8. LEASES

The components of lease expense and cash flows from leases (in thousands) follow.

   
Three Months Ended September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
Finance lease cost:
                       
Amortization of right-of use assets, included in cost of goods sold
 
$
21
   
$
19
   
$
62
   
$
50
 
Interest on lease liabilities
   
3
     
5
     
11
     
10
 
Operating lease cost, included in selling, general and administrative expenses:
                               
Fixed leases cost
   
127
     
131
     
388
     
392
 
Variable lease cost
   
41
     
35
     
89
     
99
 
Short-term lease cost
   
-
     
13
     
3
     
29
 
Total lease cost
 
$
192
   
$
203
   
$
553
   
$
580
 
                                 
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:
                               
Operating cash flows from finance leases
 
$
3
   
$
5
   
$
11
   
$
10
 
Operating cash flows from operating leases
 
$
127
   
$
131
   
$
388
   
$
392
 
Financing cash flows from finance leases
 
$
29
   
$
23
   
$
75
   
$
54
 

As of September 30, 2020, variable lease payments do not depend on a rate or index.  As of September 30, 2020, property and equipment, net, includes $0.3 million of finance lease right-of-use-assets, with an original cost of $0.4 million.

As of September 30, 2020, we do not believe it is certain that we will exercise any renewal options.  The remaining terms of our leases and the discount rates used in the calculation of the fair value of our leases as of September 30, 2020, follows.

   
Operating
Leases
   
Finance
Leases
 
Remaining leases terms (in years)
   
3.1-12.4
     
0.3-3.8
 
Weighted average remaining lease terms (in years)
   
7.2
     
2.7
 
Discount rates
   
6.3%-9.0
%
   
4.3%-7.3
%
Weighted average discount rate
   
7.6
%
   
5.9
%

Maturities of lease liabilities as of September 30, 2020, follows (in thousands).

     
Operating
Leases
     
Finance
Leases
  
2020 (three months ended December 31, 2020)
 
$
116
   
$
28
 
2021
   
536
     
91
 
2022
   
548
     
68
 
2023
   
528
     
38
 
2024
   
428
     
11
 
Thereafter
   
1,468
     
-
 
Total lease payments
   
3,624
     
236
 
Amounts representing interest
   
(887
)
   
(15
)
Present value of lease obligations
 
$
2,737
   
$
221
 

NOTE 9. DEBT

In the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we financed amounts owed for annual insurance premiums under financing agreements.  As of September 30, 2020, amounts due under insurance premium financing agreements are due in monthly installments of principal and interest through January 2021, at interest rates of 4.7% to 5.5% per year. 

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Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

In October 2019, we entered into a factoring agreement which provides for a $7.0 million credit facility with a lender.  We may only borrow to the extent we have qualifying accounts receivable as defined in the agreement.  The facility has an initial two-year term and automatically renews for successive annual periods, unless proper termination notice is given.  We paid a $0.2 million facility fee upon inception of the agreement which is amortizing to interest expense on a straight-line basis over two years.  We incur recurring fees under the agreement, including a funding fee of 0.5% above the prime rate, in no event to be less than 5.5%, on any advances and a service fee on average net funds borrowed.  During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, outstanding borrowings under the agreement averaged $1.7 million and $1.9 million per day, respectively.  During the three months ended September 30, 2020, we expensed less than $0.1 million of interest and fees under the agreement.  On an annualized basis, fees incurred during the three months ending September 30, 2020 averaged 5.6% (exclusive of deferred cost amortization) and interest averaged 6.0% of the amounts outstanding under the facility. During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, we expensed $0.2 million of interest and fees under the agreement. On an annualized basis, fees incurred during the nine months ending September 30, 2020 averaged 7.9% (exclusive of deferred cost amortization) and interest averaged 6.3% of the amounts outstanding under the facility. Amortization of debt issuance costs in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, was $0.1 million.  The lender has the right to demand repayment of the advances at any time.

Due under factoring agreement consists of the following (in thousands).

     
September 30,
2020
     
December 31,
2019
  
Borrowings outstanding
 
$
1,912
   
$
1,989
 
Debt issuance costs, net
   
(98
)
   
(166
)
Due under factoring agreement
 
$
1,814
   
$
1,823
 

Long-term debt consists of the following (in thousands).

    
September 30,
2020
   
December 31,
2019
 
Payroll Protection Program note - Dated April 2020.  Interest accrues at an annual rate of 1.0%.
           
Due in monthly installments from November 2020 to April 2022, unless forgiven as described below.
 
$
1,792
   
$
-
 
Mortgage promissory note - Dated September 2020.  Interest accrues at an annual rate which is the greater of 11.0% above the lender's prime rate and 14.3%.  Payable in monthly installments through June 2022.
   
985
     
-
 
Debt issuance costs, net - Related to mortgage promissory note dated September 2020
   
(15
)
   
-
 
Equipment notes - Initially recorded in November 2018, in the acquisition of Golden Ridge, at the present value of future payments using a discount rate of 4.8% per year, which we determined approximated the market rate for similar debt with similar maturities as of the date of acquisition.  Payable in monthly installments.
Expire at dates ranging through 2022.
   
43
     
62
 
Equipment note - Dated December 2019.  Due in monthly installments through December 2024.
               
Interest accrues at the effective discount rate of 9.3% per year.
   
34
     
39
 
Total long term debt, net
 
$
2,839
   
$
101
 

In April 2020, we received $1.8 million on an SBA Payroll Protection Program loan as provided for in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), enacted into U.S. law in March 2020.  Under certain conditions, the loan and accrued interest are forgivable, specifically, if the loan proceeds were used for eligible purposes, including payroll, benefits, rent and utilities, and maintaining payroll levels.  The amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced if we terminated employees or reduced salaries during the applicable period.  Any portion of the loan that is not forgiven is payable over two years at an interest rate of 1.0%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months.  We believe we have used the proceeds for purposes consistent with the program.  As such, we currently believe that our use of the loan proceeds will meet the conditions for forgiveness of the loan, however, we cannot assure that we will be eligible for forgiveness of the loan, in whole or in part.

In July 2020, we entered into a mortgage agreement with a lender pursuant to a promissory note.  In September 2020, we borrowed $1.0 million on the note and, in October 2020, we borrowed the remaining $1.0 million available on the note.  Interest on this note accrues at an annual rate which is the greater of 11.0% above the lender’s prime rate and 14.3%.  In addition, we will incur a facility fee equal to 1.0% of the amount of each advance under the promissory note.  The principal amount of the note must be repaid in monthly installments ending in June 2022.  The note is secured by certain real property and personal property assets of Golden Ridge Rice Mill, Inc.  As of September 30, 2020, the note bore interest at an annual rate of 14.3%.

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Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

NOTE 10. EQUITY, SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION AND WARRANTS

In June 2020, our shareholders approved, and we filed an amendment to our articles of incorporation, increasing our authorized shares of common stock from 50,000,000 to 150,000,000.

A summary of equity activity follows (in thousands, except share amounts).

   
Shares
               

   
Accumulated Other
         
     
Preferred
Series G
        
Common
     
Preferred
Stock
     
Common
Stock
     
Accumulated
Deficit
     
Comprehensive
Loss
       
Equity
  
Balance, December 31, 2019
   
225
     
40,074,483
   
$
112
   
$
318,811
   
$
(287,180
)
 
$
-
   
$
31,743
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
17,534
     
-
     
312
     
-
     
-
     
312
 
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(3,033
)
   
-
     
(3,033
)
Balance, March 31, 2020
   
225
     
40,092,017
     
112
     
319,123
     
(290,213
)
   
-
     
29,022
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
16,500
     
-
     
316
     
-
     
-
     
316
 
Common stock issued to vendors
   
-
     
31,304
     
-
     
36
     
-
     
-
     
36
 
Exercise of common stock warrants
   
-
     
67,577
     
-
     
12
     
-
     
-
     
12
 
Other comprehensive loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(48
)
   
(48
)
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(3,949
)
   
-
     
(3,949
)
Balance, June 30, 2020
   
225
     
40,207,398
     
112
     
319,487
     
(294,162
)
   
(48
)
   
25,389
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
129,404
     
-
     
153
     
-
     
-
     
153
 
Sale of common stock, net of costs
   
-
     
1,635,792
     
-
     
657
     
-
     
-
     
657
 
Other comprehensive income
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
48
     
48
 
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(2,774
)
   
-
     
(2,774
)
Balance, September  30, 2020
   
225
     
41,972,594
   
$
112
   
$
320,297
   
$
(296,936
)
 
$
-
   
$
23,473
 

   
Shares
                   
    
Preferred
Series G
   
Common
   
Preferred
Stock
   
Common
Stock
   
Accumulated
Deficit
   
Equity
 
Balance, December 31, 2018
   
405
     
29,098,207
   
$
201
   
$
296,739
   
$
(273,229
)
 
$
23,711
 
Sale of common stock and Prefunded Warrant, net of costs
   
-
     
3,046,668
     
-
     
11,593
     
-
     
11,593
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
36,881
     
-
     
364
     
-
     
364
 
Exercise of common stock warrants
   
-
     
600,000
     
-
     
1,980
     
-
     
1,980
 
Conversion of preferred stock into common stock
   
(180
)
   
170,818
     
(89
)
   
89
     
-
     
-
 
Exercise of common stock options
   
-
     
77,078
     
-
     
60
     
-
     
60
 
Other
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
28
     
-
     
28
 
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(3,227
)
   
(3,227
)
Balance, March 31, 2019
   
225
     
33,029,652
     
112
     
310,853
     
(276,456
)
   
34,509
 
Exercise of Prefunded Warrant
   
-
     
1,003,344
     
-
     
10
     
-
     
10
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
134,984
     
-
     
219
     
-
     
219
 
Exercise of common stock options
   
-
     
78,734
     
-
     
87
     
-
     
87
 
Other
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
32
     
-
     
32
 
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(3,659
)
   
(3,659
)
Balance, June 30, 2019
   
225
     
34,246,714
     
112
     
311,201
     
(280,115
)
   
31,198
 
Retirement of unvested shares
   
-
     
(830,124
)
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Common stock awards under equity incentive plans
   
-
     
22,632
     
-
     
282
     
-
     
282
 
Exercise of common stock options
   
-
     
10,000
     
-
     
9
     
-
     
9
 
Retirement of shares received in settlement with the sellers of Golden Ridge
   
-
     
(340,000
)
   
-
     
(1,027
)
   
-
     
(1,027
)
Net loss
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(3,326
)
   
(3,326
)
Balance, September  30, 2019
   
225
     
33,109,222
   
$
112
   
$
310,465
   
$
(283,441
)
 
$
27,136
 

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

On March 30, 2020, we entered into an at market issuance sales agreement with respect to an at-the-market offering program, under which we may offer and sell shares of our common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $6.0 million through B. Riley FBR, Inc, as sales agent.  The issuances and sales of our common stock under the agreement are made pursuant to our effective “shelf” registration statement on Form S-3.  During the three months ended September 30, 2020, we issued and sold 1,635,792 shares of common stock under the agreement, at an average price of $0.50 per share.  Proceeds from those sales are recorded in equity, net of $0.2 million of stock issuance costs.  Stock issuance costs consisted of $0.1 million of legal, advisor and auditor expenses paid in the three months ended March 31, 2020, and $0.1 million of other costs related to the offering paid in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Share-based compensation by type of award follows (in thousands).

   
Three Months Ended
       
   
Sept. 30, 2020
   
June 30, 2020
   
March 31, 2020
 
Common stock, vested and nonvested at issuance
 
$
78
   
$
95
   
$
105
 
Stock options
   
(86
)
   
99
     
85
 
Restricted stock units
   
161
     
122
     
122
 
Compensation expense related to common stock awards issued under equity incentive plan
  $
153
    $
316
    $
312
 


In the three months ended March 31, 2020, we issued 17,534 shares of common stock, vested at issuance, to a consultant at a grant date fair value of $1.11 per share and recognized $0.1 million of expense for shares of common stock vesting during the period.

In the three months ended June 30, 2020, under the equity incentive plan, we (i) issued 16,500 shares of common stock, vested at June 30, 2020, at a grant date fair value or $1.16 per shares and (ii) recognized $0.1 million of expense for shares of common stock vesting during the period.  In the three months ended June 30, 2020, we issued 31,304 shares of common stock to a vendor, vested at June 30, 2020, at a grant date fair value or $1.14 per share.

In the three months ended September 30 2020, we issued (i) 42,383 shares of common stock, vested at issuance, to a consultant at an average grant date fair value of $0.53 per share, (ii) 32,510 shares of common stock, vested at issuance, to a director for board compensation at an average grant date fair value of $0.45 per share, and (iii) 54,511 shares of common stock, vested at issuance, to our former chief executive officer for employment compensation and severance at an average grant date fair value of $0.76 per share,

As of September 30, 2020, there were no shares of nonvested common stock outstanding.

Stock option activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, follows.

   
Shares
Under
Options
   
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   
Weighted
Average
Grant
Date Fair
Value
   
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (Years)
 
Outstanding at December 31, 2019
   
996,009
   
$
3.23
           
8.1
 
Granted
   
653,004
     
1.22
   
$
0.73
     
10.0
 
Forfeited
   
(125,173
)
   
4.74
             
7.2
 
Outstanding at March 31, 2020
   
1,523,840
     
2.24
             
8.8
 
Forfeited
   
(77,357
)
   
4.28
             
7.2
 
Outstanding at June 30, 2020
   
1,446,483
   
$
2.13
             
8.6
 
Forfeited
   
(654,334
)
   
1.97
             
8.8
 
Outstanding at September 30, 2020
   
792,149
   
$
2.27
             
8.1
 

Stock options granted in the three months ended March 31, 2020, each vest and become exercisable in annual installments ending four years from the date of grant and were valued using methods and assumptions comparable to those for our 2019 stock option grants.

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Restricted stock unit (RSU) activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, follows.

   
RSU Shares
Issued to
Employees
and
Directors
   
Unrecognized
Stock
Compensation
(in thousands)
   
Weighted
Average
Expense
Period
(Years)
 
Nonvested at December 31, 2019
   
1,148,062
   
$
377
     
1.4
 
Cancelled
   
(625,000
)
   
-
         
Forfeited (1)
   
(175,000
)
   
(142
)
       
Expensed (2)
   
-
     
(122
)
       
Nonvested at March 31, 2020
   
348,062
     
113
     
1.2
 
Granted to directors (3)
   
477,018
     
426
         
Forfeited (1)
   
(30,000
)
   
(24
)
       
Vested (4)
   
(115,904
)
   
-
         
Expensed
   
-
     
(122
)
       
Nonvested at June 30, 2020
   
679,176
     
393
     
0.8
 
Granted to directors (3)
   
189,284
     
87
         
Granted to consultant (3)
   
89,286
     
38
         
Forfeited (1)
   
(91,000
)
   
(55
)
       
Vested (4)
   
(189,284
)
   
-
         
Expensed
   
-
     
(161
)
       
Nonvested at September 30, 2020 (5)(6)
   
677,462
     
302
     
0.5
 

 
(1)
We reversed $0.2 million of expense recognized in prior periods on forfeited RSU shares in the amounts indicated in the unrecognized stock compensation column.
 
(2)
We expensed $0.1 million related to recognition of the unrecognized compensation associated with the cancelled RSU shares in the three months ended March 31, 2020.
 
(3)
The shares of common stock subject to the RSUs were vested when granted or vest within one year of grant, and issuance of shares thereunder is deferred to the date the holder is no longer providing service to RiceBran Technologies.
 
(4)
Represents shares of common stock subject to RSUs which were vested when granted.
 
(5)
RSUs for a total of 450,400 shares of common stock vest in June 2021 and issuance of shares of common stock subject to each of those RSUs is deferred to the date the holder is no longer providing service to RiceBran Technologies.
 
(6)
A total of 227,062 shares of common stock subject to the RSUs vest based upon a vesting price equal to the volume weighted average trading price of our common stock over sixty-five consecutive trading days.  Subject to a minimum service period, as described in the next sentence, the RSU shares vest as to (i) 22,706 shares on the date the vesting price equals or exceeds $5.00 per share, (ii) 68,119 shares on the date the vesting price equals or exceeds $10.00 per share and (iii) 136,237 shares on the date the vesting price equals or exceeds $15.00 per share.  Vesting on the RSU shares occurs the later of the one-year anniversary of the grant and the date the shares reach the vesting price indicated in the preceding sentence.  The RSUs expire on the fifth anniversary of each grant at dates ranging through August 2024.

14

RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Warrant activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, follows.

   
Shares
Under
Warrants
       
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (Years)
 
                   
Outstanding, Decembver 31, 2019
   
7,532,280
   
$
1.32
     
1.9
 
Expired
   
(265,000
)
   
5.25
     
-
 
Outstanding, March 31, 2020
   
7,267,280
     
1.18
     
1.7
 
Cash exercised
   
(12,948
)
   
0.96
     
-
 
Cashless exercised (1)
   
(215,740
)
   
0.96
     
-
 
Expired
   
(392,676
)
   
4.60
     
-
 
Outstanding, June 30, 2020
   
6,645,916
   
$
0.98
     
1.7
 
Outstanding, Septemeber 30, 2020 (2)
   
6,645,916
   
$
0.98
     
1.4
 

 
(1)
In the three months ended June 30, 2020, we issued 54,629 shares of common stock upon the cashless exercise of the warrants.
 
(2)
Under the terms of certain outstanding warrants, the holders may elect to exercise the warrants under a cashless exercise feature.  As of September 30, 2020, warrant holders may elect to exercise cashless warrants for 3,484,675 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.96 per share and 25,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.25 per share.  If we register for resale the shares subject to warrants, the holders of some of the warrants may no longer have the right to elect a cashless exercise.  If we fail to maintain a registration statement for the resale of shares under certain other warrants, the shares under those warrants may again become exercisable using a cashless exercise feature.

NOTE 11. INVOLUNTARY CONVERSION OF ASSETS

In September 2020, we wrote down assets, consisting primarily of a building, machinery and equipment, in the amount of $0.9 million and incurred other costs of $0.1 million as a result of hurricane damage that occurred in August 2020. This event damaged our Lake Charles, Louisiana property, and operations at that facility were shut down in September 2020.  We expect insurance recoveries will cover our asset loss to the extent it exceeds our $0.1 million deductible under our insurance policy.  In September 2020, we received an advance on the insurance settlement of $0.3 million and we accrued a receivable for the additional $0.7 million of expected insurance proceeds related to our asset loss.  The resulting $0.1 million net loss on involuntary conversion of assets is included in selling, general and administrative expenses in our consolidated financial statements.   The insurance proceeds receivable is included in other current assets on our consolidated balance sheets.  The final settlement with the insurer on this matter will likely differ from the total proceeds we estimated as of September 30, 2020.  We accrue estimated insurance proceeds receivable when the proceeds are estimable and probable of collection.  Given the nature of recoveries of lost profits under business interruption insurance we have not accrued insurance proceeds receivable for any potential recoveries of lost profits under our insurance policy.

NOTE 12. INCOME TAXES

Our tax expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, differs from the tax expense computed by applying the U.S. statutory tax rate to net loss from continuing operations before income taxes as no tax benefits were recorded for tax losses generated in the U.S.  As of September 30, 2020, we had deferred tax assets primarily related to U.S. federal and state tax loss carryforwards.  We provided a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets as future realization of such assets is not more likely than not to occur.

Based on an analysis of tax positions taken on income tax returns filed, we have determined no material liabilities related to uncertain income tax positions exist.  Although we believe the amounts reflected in our tax returns substantially comply with applicable U.S. federal, state, and foreign tax regulations, the respective taxing authorities may take contrary positions based on their interpretation of the law.  A tax position successfully challenged by a taxing authority could result in an adjustment to our provision or benefit for income taxes in the period in which a final determination is made.

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

CARES, among other things, includes provisions relating to refundable payroll tax credits, deferment of employer social security payments, net operating loss carryback periods, alternative minimum tax credit refunds and modifications to the net interest deduction limitations. Some of these tax provisions are expected to be effective retroactively for years ending before the date of enactment.  Except for the impact of the loan we received under the act, see Note 9, we do not anticipate that the act will have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

NOTE 13. LOSS PER SHARE (EPS)

Basic EPS is calculated under the two-class method under which all earnings (distributed and undistributed) are allocated to each class of common stock and participating securities based on their respective rights to receive dividends.  Our outstanding convertible preferred stock are considered participating securities as the holders may participate in undistributed earnings with holders of common shares and are not obligated to share in our net losses.

Diluted EPS is computed by dividing the net income attributable to RiceBran Technologies common shareholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period increased by the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if the impact of assumed exercises and conversions is dilutive.  The dilutive effects of outstanding options, warrants, nonvested shares of common stock and nonvested restricted stock units that vest solely on the basis of a service condition are calculated using the treasury stock method.  The dilutive effects of the outstanding preferred stock are calculated using the if-converted method.

Below are reconciliations of the numerators and denominators in the EPS computations.

   
Three Months Ended September 30
   
Nine Months Ended September 30
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
NUMERATOR (in thousands):
                       
Basic and diluted - loss from continuing operations
 
$
(2,774
)
 
$
(3,326
)
 
$
(9,756
)
 
$
(9,996
)
                                 
DENOMINATOR:
                               
Weighted average number of shares of shares of common stock outstanding
   
40,691,824
     
33,057,010
     
40,232,289
     
31,947,087
 
Weighted average number of shares of common stock underlying vested restricted stock units
   
132,457
     
-
     
47,577
     
-
 
Basic EPS - weighted average number of shares outstanding
   
40,824,281
     
33,057,010
     
40,279,866
     
31,947,087
 
Effect of dilutive securities outstanding
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Diluted EPS - weighted average number of shares outstanding
   
40,824,281
     
33,057,010
     
40,279,866
     
31,947,087
 

No effects of potentially dilutive securities outstanding during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, were included in the calculation of diluted EPS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, because to do so would be anti-dilutive as a result of our loss from continuing operations.  Potentially dilutive securities outstanding during the periods included our outstanding convertible preferred stock, options, warrants, nonvested restricted stock units and nonvested stock.  Those potentially dilutive securities, further described in Note 10, could potentially dilute EPS in the future.

NOTE 14. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Derivative financial instruments are carried at fair value, on a recurring basis, in accumulated OCI, and fair value is based on the quoted prices of the financial instruments (Level 1 measurements).  The fair value of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts and other receivables, accounts payable, commodities payable and short-term debt approximated their carrying value due to shorter maturities.  As of September 30, 2020, the fair value of our operating lease liabilities was approximately $0.2 million higher than their carrying values, based on current market rates for similar debt and leases with similar maturities (Level 3 measurements).  As of September 30, 2020, the fair values of our long-term debt and finance lease liabilities approximated their carrying values, based on current market rates for similar debt and leases with similar maturities (Level 3 measurements).

NOTE 15. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Employment Contracts and Severance Payments

In the normal course of business, we periodically enter into employment agreements which incorporate indemnification provisions.  While the maximum amount to which we may be exposed under such agreements cannot be reasonably estimated, we maintain insurance coverage, which we believe will effectively mitigate our obligations under these indemnification provisions.  No amounts have been recorded in our financial statements with respect to any obligations under such agreements.

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RiceBran Technologies
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

We have employment contracts with certain officers and key management that include provisions for potential severance payments in the event of without-cause terminations or terminations under certain circumstances after a change in control.  In addition, vesting of outstanding nonvested equity grants would accelerate following a change in control.

Legal Matters

From time to time we are involved in litigation incidental to the conduct of our business.  These matters may relate to employment and labor claims, patent and intellectual property claims, claims of alleged non-compliance with contract provisions and claims related to alleged violations of laws and regulations.  When applicable, we record accruals for contingencies when it is probable that a liability will be incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. Defense costs are expensed as incurred and are included in professional fees.  While the outcome of lawsuits and other proceedings against us cannot be predicted with certainty, in the opinion of management, individually or in the aggregate, no such lawsuits are expected to have a material effect on our financial position or results of operations, except for a contract dispute to be settled between July 2020 and October 2020.   In the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we recognized $0.5 million and $0.7 million, respectively, in cost of goods sold related to the resolution of the contract dispute as it relates to contract periods through September 30, 2020.

NOTE 16. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Our director, Ari Gendason, is an employee and senior vice president and chief investment officer of Continental Grain Company (CGC).  As of the date of this filing, CGC owns approximately 25.4% of our outstanding common stock.  We have agreed that in connection with each annual or special meeting of our shareholders at which members of our board of directors are to be elected, or any written consent of our shareholders pursuant to which members of the board of directors are to be elected, CGC shall have the right to designate one nominee to our board of directors.  In March 2019, we issued and sold to CGC 666,667 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $3.00 per share and a prefunded warrant exercisable into 1,003,344 shares of common stock for $2.99 per share, in a private placement.  The prefunded warrant had an exercise price of $0.01 per share and was immediately exercisable; however, we had to obtain approval from our shareholders before CGC could exercise the prefunded warrant to the extent such exercise would result in the holder owning in excess of 19.99% of our common shares outstanding.  CGC exercised the entire prefunded warrant automatically when our shareholders approved the exercise in June 2019. 

NOTE 17.  TRANSACTIONS WITH EMPLOYEES

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, we paid $1.4 million to entities owned by our former employee, Wayne Wilkison.  As of September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019, no amounts were owed to these entities. 

NOTE 18. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH NASDAQ LISTING REQUIREMENTS

On July 27, 2020, we received a notification letter from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) indicating that we have failed to comply with the minimum bid price requirement of Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2).  Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) requires that companies listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market maintain a minimum bid price of $1.00.  To regain compliance with this listing rule, the closing bid price of our common stock must be at least $1.00 for 10 consecutive business days.  We have a period of 180 calendar days from the date of notification, or until January 25, 2021, to regain compliance.  If this appears unlikely as January 25, 2021, approaches, we are committed to taking actions that would enable us to regain compliance, including, if necessary, completing a reverse split of our common stock to increase its share price above the $1.00 minimum bid price.

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Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
Results of Operations

Unless otherwise noted, amounts and percentages for all periods discussed below reflect the results of operations and financial condition from our continuing operations.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2019

Revenues decreased $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 to $5.2 million compared to $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2019.  The decrease in revenue year-over-year was due to lower revenues at our Golden Ridge Rice Mill (Golden Ridge) operations, which ran well below capacity for most of the third quarter as we were not able to acquire sufficient rough rice to mill at an economical price.  Lower revenues from Golden Ridge was partially offset by increases in revenue from both our MGI Grain (MGI) and our RiceBran (RBT) businesses.

We experienced a gross loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to a gross loss of $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2019.  The increase in gross loss was primarily attributable to Golden Ridge due to higher input commodity prices, $0.5 million in expenses related to the resolution of contract disputes, and the impact of higher downtime during the quarter compared to the same period a year ago. Gross losses were also impacted by negative operating leverage from a shift in product mix versus a year ago.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of $2.0 million.  The decline in SG&A expense was primarily related to initiatives to reduce overall SG&A costs, which we began enacting in the first quarter of 2020. SG&A was impacted favorably by the reversal of approximately $0.1 million in previously recognized stock compensation when unvested awards were forfeited, offset by a $0.1 million loss due to hurricane damage to a facility in Louisiana in 2020.

Other net was $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to other income, net, of $0.9 million in 2019.  In the 2020 period, we incurred higher fees and interest expense related to the increased average outstanding balance of our factoring facility, a new facility entered into in the fourth quarter of 2019, and on our long-term debt borrowings under agreements entered into in 2020, described further in Note 9 of the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The 2019 period included $0.8 million gain from a settlement with the sellers of Golden Ridge which was of a nonrecurring nature.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

Revenues increased $1.5 million, or 8.4%, in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the first nine months of 2019.  The increase in revenue year over year was due to higher revenues from MGI and Golden Ridge, offset by a decline in revenue from our RBT operations.   MGI was acquired in April 2019 and, therefore, our revenues included no MGI revenue in the first quarter of 2019.

We experienced a gross loss of $2.4 million in the first nine months of 2020, compared to a gross loss of $0.3 million in the first nine months of 2019.  The decline in gross profit was primarily attributable to higher losses from Golden Ridge due to sub-par milling yields, higher input commodity prices, $0.7 million in expenses related to the resolution of contract disputes, and negative operating leverage from higher downtime in the second and third quarters.  Gross profits were also negatively impacted by negative operating leverage from our RBT operations, offset in part by a higher gross profit contribution from MGI.

SG&A expenses were $7.0 million in the first nine months of 2020, compared to $10.6 million in the first nine months of 2019, a decrease of $3.6 million.  The decline in SG&A expenses was primarily related to initiatives to reduce overall SG&A costs, which we began enacting in the first quarter of 2020, as well as the absence of approximately $0.3 million in costs associated with our acquisition of Golden Ridge, and lower legal and outside accounting fees. These reductions were offset by a $0.1 million loss due to hurricane damage to a facility in in Louisiana and a $0.3 million loss on disposition of assets in 2020.

Other net was $0.3 million in the first nine months of 2020 compared to other income, net, of $0.9 million in the first nine months of 2019.  In the 2020 period, we incurred higher fees and interest expense related to the increased average outstanding balance of our factoring facility, a new facility entered in to in the fourth quarter of 2019, and on our long-term debt borrowings under agreements entered into in 2020.  The 2019 period included $0.8 million gain from a settlement with the sellers of Golden Ridge which was of a nonrecurring nature.

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COVID-19 Assessment

The United States is experiencing an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has been declared a "pandemic" by the World Health Organization.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a worldwide health crisis that is adversely affecting the economies and financial markets of many countries, which we expect may adversely affect the demand for our products.   This pandemic also poses the risk that we or our customers, suppliers and other business partners may be disrupted or prevented from conducting business activities for certain periods of time, the durations of which are uncertain.  However, we are not able to estimate the exact magnitude of the impact of such developments on our business.  The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on our business and financial results will depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak within the markets in which we operate, including the related impact on our customers’ spending, all of which is highly uncertain.

In April 2020, we applied for, and received, a $1.8 million SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan as discussed further in Note 9 of the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.  We believe the funds from this loan have enabled us to maintain our current workforce in light of potential economic disruptions to our business resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

We currently do not expect any of our facilities to be subject to government-mandated closures, and we have informed our customers that, at this time, we anticipate operating throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  The COVID-19 outbreak has not yet caused any material disruption in the supply of raw materials used in our products or in the distribution of our products, and to date, our employees have been reporting to work, either remotely or in-person without any material changes in attendance or productivity due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we cannot ensure that the COVID-19 outbreak will not cause disruptions to our business in the future.

Liquidity, Going Concern and Capital Resources

On March 30, 2020, we entered into an at market issuance sales agreement with respect to an at-the-market offering program, under which we may offer and sell shares of our common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $6.0 million.  As further discussed in Note 10 of the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, we received net proceeds of $0.7 million under the agreement.  As discussed further in Note 9 of the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, in April 2020, we were approved for a $1.8 million SBA Payroll Protection Program loan (PPP Loan) and in July 2020, we secured a mortgage of up to $2.0 million on our rice mill in Wynne, Arkansas.  We received $1.0 million of proceeds under the mortgage in September 2020 and an additional $1.0 million in October 2020.

We used $7.3 million in operating cash during the first nine months of 2020.  We used operating cash to increase our inventories by $0.8 million in anticipation of early October product shipments.  We experienced a $1.4 million reduction in accounts receivable in the first nine months of 2020 associated with the decrease in revenues at the end of the third quarter of 2020.  We paid $1.1 million of capital expenditures in the first nine months of 2020.  We expect to fund the rebuilding of our building in Louisiana with proceeds from insurance.  We funded our working capital needs in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 primarily with funds received from the sale of receivables under our factoring agreement, supplemented by proceeds from the PPP loan, mortgage note and stock offering.

Management believes that despite the multi-year history of operating losses and negative operating cash flows from our continuing operations, there is no substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. The factors that alleviated this doubt include cash and cash equivalents of $3.9 million as of September 30, 2020, the resumption of operations and the end of payments to settle prior contract disputes at our Golden Ridge facility, positive revenue and margin trends for our RiceBran and MGI operations, a nearly 50% year-over-year reduction in corporate expenses, and the ability to seek addition capital through asset-backed borrowing arrangements and/or asset dispositions.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements, other than employee contracts, that have or are likely to have a current or future material effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenue, expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, or capital resources.

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Critical Accounting Policies

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  The preparation of financial statements requires management to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses and disclosures on the date of the financial statements.  On an ongoing basis, we evaluate the estimates, including, but not limited to, those related to revenue recognition.  We use authoritative pronouncements, historical experience and other assumptions as the basis for making judgments.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 3 in the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion.

Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Not applicable

Item 4.
Controls and Procedures 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required financial disclosures.

We evaluated, with the participation of our chief executive officer, and chief financial officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.  Based on this evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

During the most recently completed fiscal quarter, there have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II.
OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.
Legal Proceedings

We are involved in or subject to, or may become involved in or subject to, routine litigation, claims, disputes, proceedings and investigations in the ordinary course of business.  While the outcome of lawsuits and other proceedings against us cannot be predicted with certainty, in the opinion of management, individually or in the aggregate, no such lawsuits are expected to have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.  We record accruals for contingencies when it is probable that a liability will be incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated.

Item 1A.
Risk Factors

In addition to the other information set forth in this Quarterly Report, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which could materially affect our business, financial condition, liquidity or future results.  The risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only risks facing our company.  Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, liquidity or future results.

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Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

On March 30, 2020, we entered into an at market issuance sales agreement with respect to an at-the-market offering program, under which we may offer and sell shares of our common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $6.0 million through B. Riley FBR, Inc, as sales agent.  The issuances and sales of our common stock under the agreement are made pursuant to our effective “shelf” registration statement on Form S-3.  During the three months ended September 30, 2020, we issued and sold 1,635,792 shares of common stock under the agreement, at an average price of $0.50 per share, for total proceeds of $818,929.  During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, we paid the sales agent a 5% commission totaling $40,946 and $213 of SEC and other fees.  In prior quarters we paid $120,767 for legal and other fees associated with the offering, including $50,000 reimbursed the sales agent for its legal fees.  The net proceeds from this offering, after deducting the sales agent’s commissions and other offering expenses, were used for general and administrative expenses and other general corporate purposes.

Item 3.
Defaults upon Senior Securities

None

Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures

None

Item 5.
Other Information

None

Item 6.
Exhibits

The following exhibits are attached hereto and filed herewith:

 
 
 
 
Incorporated by Reference
 
 
Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Description
 
Form
 
File No.
 
Exhibit
Number
 
Filing/Effective
Date
 
Filed
Here-with
                         
 
Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State of California on June 18, 2020
 
10-Q
 
001-36245
 
3.1
 
August 12, 2020
   
 
Mortgage Agreement and Amendment for Purchase and Sale with Republic Business Credit, LLC
 
8-K
 
001-36245
 
10.1
 
July 17, 2020
   
10.4 (2)
 
Severance Agreement with Brent R. Rystrom
                 
X
 
Certification by CEO pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
             
 
X
 
Certification by CFO pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
             
 
X
 
Certification by CEO and CFO pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
             
 
X
101.INS (1)
 
XBRL Instance Document
 
             
 
X
101.SCH (1)
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
 
             
 
X
101.CAL (1)
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
 
             
 
X
101.DEF (1)
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Definition Linkbase Document
 
             
 
X
101.LAB (1)
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Label Linkbase Document
 
             
 
X
101.PRE (1)
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Presentation Linkbase Document
 
             
 
X

 
(1)
XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.
 
(2)
Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan, contract or arrangement.

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SIGNATURES

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

Dated:  November 5, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Peter G. Bradley
 
 
Peter G. Bradley
 
 
Executive Chairman
 
 
/s/ Todd T. Mitchell
 
 
Todd T. Mitchell
 
 
Chief Financial Officer


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Exhibit 10.4

SEVERANCE AND RELEASE AGREEMENT

This Severance and Release Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into by and between RiceBran Technologies, a California corporation (“RBT”), and Brent R. Rystrom, an individual (“Employee”), and is effective as of August 14, 2020 (“Effective Date”).  The parties agree as follows:

1.          Background and PurposeOn October 12, 2018, Employee and RBT entered into an Amended and Restated Employment Agreement regarding the terms of Employee’s employment with RBT (“Employment Agreement”). The parties have agreed that Employee’s employment with RBT is terminated as of the Effective Date and that Employee will provide certain consulting services for RBT following the Effective Date as provided below.  In accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement, Employee has agreed to release all claims against RBT.

2.             Employment Termination; Separation Payments. Employee’s employment with RBT shall terminate as of the Effective Date. Forthwith upon the Effective Date, RBT shall make all payments due from the period June 17, 2020 through the Effective Date, for compensation and benefits, including the delivery of stock certificate(s) evidencing the issuance of common stock in payment of compensation, in the manner and fashion as agreed and specified in the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors on June 17, 2020. Additionally, RBT shall pay Employee a cash lump sum payment equal to all previously accrued but unpaid compensation for unused vacation leave accruing through and including the Effective Date (344 hours equaling $55.404.64). In addition, within ten (10) days following the Effective Date, RBT shall pay Employee the Base Salary (as defined in the Employment Agreement) that Employee would have been paid had he remained employed with RBT for the ninety (90) day period following the Effective Date.

3.            Consulting Services; BenefitsFor a period not to extend beyond December 31, 2020, following the Effective Date, Employee agrees to be reasonably available during normal business hours to provide consulting and transition services for RBT as reasonably required by RBT with regard to the operations of the RBT business. During this period, RBT shall provide (or pay the premium expense pursuant to COBRA eligibility) continuing health care and insurance benefits at the same levels as provided by RBT for Employee immediately prior to the Effective Date. Employee will be paid for such consulting services, as set forth on Exhibit 1 attached hereto and made a part hereof. It is expressly understood and agreed that RBT will not share material non-public information to Employee, nor shall Employee be required to provide consultative services in connection with any matter that might involve the use or dissemination of material non-public information.

4.         Return of Property.  On the Effective Date, Employee agrees to surrender all RBT property, documentation, or information, in his possession or under his control including, but not limited to RBT files, notes, drawings, memoranda, records, business plans and forecasts, reports, proposals, personnel information, financial information, specifications, computer-recorded information, tangible property (laptop computer, mobile phone, iPad, etc.), entry cards, identification badges and keys; and, any materials of any kind that contain or embody any proprietary or confidential information of RBT (and all reproductions thereof in whole or in part). Employee agrees that he will not copy or download any files or programs from RBT’s computer or take or retain any other RBT property with him on the Effective Date.

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5.            Post-Employment Restrictions; Proprietary Information and Non-Solicitation.  Employee acknowledges and agrees that the Proprietary Information Agreement dated March 8, 2017 between RBT and Employee remains in full force and effect. Without limiting the requirements of such agreement, Employee agrees to refrain from disclosing or using, for himself or others, any of RBT’s proprietary trade secret information. Employee represents that he has held all RBT confidential information confidential and will continue to do so.  Employee further acknowledge and agrees that the non-solicitation provisions of Section 2.5 of the Employment Agreement are and shall remain in full force and effect for a period of two (2) years after the Effective Date.  Nothing contained herein waives or limits any rights of RBT with respect to the Proprietary Information Agreement or Section 2.5 of the Employment Agreement.

6.            Non-DisparagementEmployee and RBT each agree not to disparage or defame the other party, or its officers, directors, employees, shareholders or agents, as applicable, in any manner likely to be harmful to it or him, or its or his business, business reputation or personal reputation; provided that either party may respond accurately and fully to any question, inquiry or request for information to the extent required by applicable law.

7.            Release of Claims. Each of Employee and RBT (“Releasing Party”) hereby knowingly, voluntarily, and irrevocably releases and discharges the other party, its officers, directors, trustees, agents, representatives, attorneys, servants, employees, predecessors, successors, subsidiaries, parents, divisions, other corporate affiliates and their spouses, heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, and all persons or entities acting by, through, under, or in concert with any of them (collectively “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, demands, liabilities, judgments, damages, expenses, or causes of action of any kind or nature whatsoever (“Claims”) that the Releasing Party, his or its heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, and each of them, may have had, may now or hereafter have to assert, whether now known or unknown, including but not limited to breach of express or implied contract; breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Without limiting the foregoing, Employee specifically releases RBT from any and all Claims for wrongful discharge; public policy torts of any kind or nature; discrimination on the basis of age, sex, religion, disability, race, or any other reason prohibited by applicable law; claims under the Age discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and all applicable state laws, all as amended, or any other federal, state or local law, regulation, ordinance, or executive or administrative order; tort claims of any kind whatsoever; any other common law or statutory claims, claims for salary, wages, vacation pay, severance pay, bonus payments, commission payments, stock options except for those already vested and not yet exercised until they expire by their terms, or earnings of any kind, fringe benefits, medical or hospital expenses or benefits, litigation expenses, attorneys’ fees, employment reinstatement, compensatory damages of any kind, liquidated or statutory damages, and any other amounts; any and all other damages arising out of or connected in any way whatsoever with the employment of Employee by Released Parties, or any of them, at any time before the date of this Agreement, or with the termination of such employment.  The Releasing Party further warrants that he or it has not filed or asserted or transferred or assigned any cause of action released herein to any other person or entity prior to the signing of this Agreement and that he or it shall not do so.  the Releasing Party agrees to indemnify and hold Released Parties harmless against any claim, including attorneys’ fees actually paid or incurred, arising out of or in any way connected with any such filing, assertion, assignment or transfer or any such purported or claimed assignment or transfer. Pursuant to the terms of the Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”), Employee is waiving any claims he may have under ADEA arising prior to the date he/she executes this agreement.  Employee acknowledges that he has had twenty-one (21) days in which to consider the terms of this waiver.  Employee acknowledges that, by the terms of this Agreement, he has been advised in writing that the he should consult with an attorney regarding the terms and conditions of this Agreement.  Employee further acknowledges that, by the terms of this Agreement, he has been advised that following execution of this Agreement, he has seven (7) days in which he may revoke his/her waiver pursuant to the OWBPA and that this Agreement does not become effective with respect to the release of any OWBPA claims until the seventh (7th) day following execution of the Agreement.  Any notice of revocation of this Agreement must be sent to: RiceBran Technologies, Attention Brent Rosenthal, 1330 Lake Robbins Drive, Suite 250, The Woodlands, Texas 977380.  The date, seven (7) days following the execution of this Agreement, shall be the effective date of the release of OWBPA claims under this Agreement.  Employee further acknowledges that he has consulted with an attorney and is fully aware of the rights and claims being released by his execution of this Agreement.  Employee hereby acknowledges that the waiver of claims under ADEA is only in exchange for consideration in addition to anything of value to which Employee is already entitled.  By signing this Agreement, Employee does not waive rights or claims under the ADEA that may arise after the date that this Agreement is signed.

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8.           Resolution of Disputes. Any claim or controversy arising out of or pertaining to this Agreement, the Employment Agreement or the termination of Employee’s employment, including but not limited to, claims of wrongful treatment or termination allegedly resulting from discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, marital status, status as a veteran of the Vietnam era, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or any other basis prohibited by law (“Dispute”)  shall be resolved by binding arbitration as provided in Section 8.8 of the Employment Agreement, which Section remains in full force and effect for this purpose.

9.             Entire Agreement; Waiver; Amendment.  This document, the Proprietary Information Agreement and the surviving terms of the Employment Agreement specified herein constitute the entire agreement between the parties, all oral agreements being merged herein and therein, and supersedes all prior representations and agreements.  There are no representations, agreements, arrangements, or understandings, oral or written, between or among the parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement that are not fully expressed herein or therein. Any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement may be waived at any time by the party entitled to the benefit thereof, but no such waiver shall affect or impair the right of the waiving party to require observance, performance or satisfaction either of that term or condition as it applies on a subsequent occasion or of any other term or condition hereof. The provisions of this Agreement may be modified or amended at any time by agreement of the parties.  Any such amendment or modification as hereinafter may be made, shall be ineffective to modify this Agreement in any respect unless in writing and signed by the party or parties against whom enforcement of the modification or amendment is sought.

10.          Severability.  If any provision of this Agreement is adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the Agreement which can be given full force and effect without the invalid provision shall continue in full force and effect and shall in no way be impaired or invalidated.

11.         Succession; No Assignment.  Subject to the provisions otherwise contained in this Agreement, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding upon, the successors and assigns of each of the respective parties hereto. This Agreement shall not be assigned by any party without the prior written consent of the other party. Any assignment contrary to the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed a default under the Agreement, allowing the non-defaulting party to exercise all remedies available under law.

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12.         Notices.  Any notice under this Agreement shall be provided in accordance with Section 8.3 of the Employment Agreement.

13.          Counterparts; Electronic Signatures.  The Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one-in-the-same document. The words “execute,” “execution,” “signed”, “signature,” and words of like import in this Agreement shall be deemed to include electronic signatures, including photographs of electronic signatures, sent via text and/or email

14.        Compliance with IRC Section 409A.  This Agreement is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”) or an exemption thereunder and shall be construed and administered in accordance with Section 409A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, payments provided under this Agreement may only be made upon an event and in a manner that complies with Section 409A or an applicable exemption.  Any payments under this Agreement that may be excluded from Section 409A either as separation pay due to an involuntary separation from service or as a short-term deferral shall be excluded from Section 409A to the maximum extent possible.  Any payments to be made under this Agreement upon a termination of employment shall only be made if such termination of employment constitutes a “separation from service” under Section 409A.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, RBT makes no representations that the payments and benefits provided under this Agreement comply with Section 409A and in no event shall RBT be liable for all or any portion of any taxes, penalties, interest or other expenses that may be incurred by Employee on account of non-compliance with Section 409A.

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The parties have entered into this Severance and Release Agreement as of the Effective Date first set forth above.

RICEBRAN TECHNOLOGIES,
   
a California corporation
   
     
/s/ Brent Rosenthal   /s/ Brent R. Rystrom
By:
Brent Rosenthal  
By:
Brent R. Rystrom
Title:
Chairman of the Board of Directors    
     
Address:
1330 Lake Robbins Drive, Suite 250   Address:    

The Woodlands, Texas 977380        

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Exhibit 1

Calculation of Compensation for Consulting Services:

From a gross payment of $12,844.62, there shall be a deduction for the value of benefits paid (as hereinabove referenced) or the cost of COBRA premiums paid by RBT on behalf of Employee for the period from the Effective Date through December 31, 2020 to arrive at a “Net Amount.”*

Employee will receive shares of common stock of RBT; the number of shares to be equal in value to the aforementioned “Net Amount.”  The shares of stock shall be issued on or before August 31, 2020.

*In the event of the discontinuation of payment of COBRA premiums prior to 12/31/20, the parties agree to make adjustments to allow for the issuance of additional shares reflective of the pro rata reduction in premiums actually paid.


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Exhibit 31.1

Certification of Principal Executive Officer
 Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

I, Peter G. Bradley, certify that:

1)
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of RiceBran Technologies;

2)
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3)
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4)
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5)
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
 
Dated: November 5, 2020
 /s/ Peter G. Bradley
 
 
 
 
 
Name: Peter G. Bradley
 
Title: Executive Chairman
 



Exhibit 31.2

Certification of Principal Financial Officer
Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

I, Todd T. Mitchell, certify that:

1)
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of RiceBran Technologies;

2)
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3)
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4)
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5)
The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Dated:  November 5, 2020
/s/ Todd T. Mitchell
 
 
 
 
 
Name: Todd T. Mitchell
 
Title: Chief Financial Officer




Exhibit 32.1

Certification of Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer
Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of RiceBran Technologies (the “Company”) for the period ended September 30, 2020, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), each of the undersigned, in the capacities and on the date indicated below, hereby certifies pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to his knowledge:

1)
The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and
2)
The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Company.
 
Dated:  November 5, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Peter G. Bradley
 
 
Peter G. Bradley
 
 
Executive Chairman
 
 
/s/ Todd T. Mitchell
 
 
Todd T. Mitchell
 
 
Chief Financial Officer

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

The foregoing certification is being furnished in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34-47551 and shall not be considered filed as part of the Form 10-Q.



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Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Nov. 02, 2020
Cover [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name RiceBran Technologies  
Entity Central Index Key 0001063537  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
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Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   41,972,594
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
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Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Address, State or Province TX  
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Sep. 30, 2019
Sep. 30, 2020
Sep. 30, 2019
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) [Abstract]        
Revenues $ 5,160 $ 5,300 $ 19,393 $ 17,883
Cost of goods sold 5,955 5,659 21,817 18,143
Gross loss (795) (359) (2,424) (260)
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,875 3,835 7,040 10,598
Operating loss (2,670) (4,194) (9,464) (10,858)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income 0 19 19 42
Interest expense (70) (9) (195) (40)
Other income 0 859 5 865
Other expense (26) (1) (113) (5)
Total other income (expense), net (96) 868 (284) 862
Loss before income taxes (2,766) (3,326) (9,748) (9,996)
Income tax expense (8) 0 (8) 0
Loss from continuing operations (2,774) (3,326) (9,756) (9,996)
Loss from discontinued operations 0 0 0 (216)
Net loss $ (2,774) $ (3,326) $ (9,756) $ (10,212)
Basic loss per common share:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) $ (0.07) $ (0.10) $ (0.24) $ (0.31)
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) 0 0 0 (0.01)
Basic loss per common share (in dollars per share) (0.07) (0.10) (0.24) (0.32)
Diluted loss per common share:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) (0.07) (0.10) (0.24) (0.31)
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) 0 0 0 (0.01)
Diluted loss per common share (in dollars per share) $ (0.07) $ (0.10) $ (0.24) $ (0.32)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:        
Basic (in shares) 40,824,281 33,057,010 40,279,866 31,947,087
Diluted (in shares) 40,824,281 33,057,010 40,279,866 31,947,087
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited) - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Sep. 30, 2019
Sep. 30, 2020
Sep. 30, 2019
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited) [Abstract]        
Net loss $ (2,774) $ (3,326) $ (9,756) $ (10,212)
Derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges:        
Gains (losses) arising during the period 43 0 (57) 0
Reclassification of losses realized to cost of goods sold 5 0 57 0
Net other comprehensive income 48 0 0 0
Comprehensive loss $ (2,726) $ (3,326) $ (9,756) $ (10,212)