8. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|6 Months Ended|
Oct. 31, 2016
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]|
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
The Company had the following related party transactions.
The Company owns 14.5% of the equity in SG Austria and is reported on the cost method of accounting. SG Austria has two subsidiaries: (i) Austrianova; and (ii) Austrianova Thailand Ltd. The Company purchased products from these subsidiaries in the approximate amounts of $95,073 and $155,255 in the three months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $144,843 and $202,942 in the six months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
In April 2014, the Company entered into a consulting agreement with Vin-de-Bona Trading Company Pte. Ltd. (“Vin-de-Bona”) pursuant to which Vin-de-Bona agreed to provide professional consulting services to the Company. Vin-de-Bona is owned by Prof. Walter H. Günzburg and Dr. Brian Salmons. The term of the agreement is for 12 months, automatically renewable for successive 12 month terms. After the initial term, either party can terminate the agreement by giving the other party 30 days’ written notice before the effective date of termination. The amounts paid for the three months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015 are approximately $13,910 and $8,740, respectively, and the amounts paid for the six months ended October 31, 2016 and 2015 are approximately $41,705 and $18,885, respectively.
Under the Cannabis Licensing Agreement, the Company acquired from Austrianova an exclusive, world-wide license to use the Cell-in-a-Box® trademark and its associated technology with genetically modified non-stem cell lines which are designed to activate cannabinoids to develop therapies involving Cannabis.
Under the Cannabis Licensing Agreement, the Company is required to pay Austrianova an Upfront Payment of $2,000,000. The Company has the right to make periodic monthly partial payments of the Upfront Payment in amounts to be agreed upon between the parties prior to each such payment being made. Under the Cannabis Licensing Agreement, as amended, the Upfront Payments must be paid in full by no later than June 30, 2016. As of October 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company has paid Austrianova $2.0 million and $1.4 million of the Upfront Payment, respectively.
With the exception of Thomas Liquard, the Board has determined that none of the Company’s directors satisfies the definition of Independent Director as established in the NASDAQ Marketplace Rules. Mr. Liquard has been determined by the Board to be an Independent Director.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef