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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

NOTE 15 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Severance payments

The Company has employment agreements with certain employees that provided severance payments upon termination of employment under certain circumstances, as defined in the applicable agreements. The Company has estimated its possible severance payments of approximately $10,000 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, which have not been reflected in its consolidated financial statements

Class action

On January 14, 2015, a purported class action was filed by Paul Fila, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, against the Company and certain of its executive officers and directors in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. On July 19, 2016, the court entered an order granting the Company’s motion to dismiss amended complaint, and ordering that the case be closed. The court entered final judgment on July 20, 2016 and closed the case. Plaintiffs have the right to appeal the dismissal of their amended complaint. As with any litigation proceeding, the Company cannot predict with certainty the eventual outcome of any outstanding legal actions. The Company expects to incur expenses in connection with the defense of this lawsuit, and it may have to pay damages or settlement costs in connection with any resolution thereof. 

Operating lease

See note 10 for related party operating lease commitment.

Rental payment and related administrative service charge

See note 10 for related party rental and related administrative service agreement commitment.

Equity investment commitment

On June 12, 2014, Pingtan Fishing incorporated an equity investment with two companies for the fishery processing purpose. Total registered capital of the equity investment is RMB 1 billion (approximately $155.1 million) and Pingtan Fishing accounted for 35% of the total ownership. Accordingly, Pingtan Fishing has the obligation to contribute RMB 350 million as the equity investment’s registered capital. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Pingtan fishing transferred 15% of the total ownership to another shareholder of the fishery processing company. Therefore, Pingtan Fishing has the obligation to contribute RMB 200 million (approximately $30.1 million) as the equity investment’s registered capital. As of June 30, 2016, the Pingtan Fishing has contributed RMB 198 million (approximately $29.8 million) as registered capital that was included in equity method investment on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. Pingtan Fishing intends to use its present working capital together with bank loans to fund the project cost

Fishing vessels construction agreements

In December 2015, Hong Long entered into an agreement with Fujian Xinchang Ship Construction Co., Ltd. (“Xinchang”) related to the construction of 4 fishing vessels (“Xinchang Construction Agreement”). The agreement expires in October 2016. In March 2016, Pingtan Fishing and Hong Long and Xinchang entered into a Three-party Agreement. According to the Three-party Agreement, Hong Long assigned all of its rights and obligations related to the Xinchang Construction Agreement to Pingtan Fishing. The project requires a total investment of RMB 140 million (approximately $21.1 million). The funds are required to be invested over the construction period of the project. As of June 30, 2016, Pingtan Fishing has paid RMB 101 million (approximately $15.2 million) of the total investment that was recorded as property, plant and equipment (construction-in-progress) and prepayment for long-term assets on the accompanying balance sheets.

In December 2015, Hong Long entered into an agreement with Huanghai Ship Construction Co., Ltd. (“Huanghai”) related to the construction of 2 fishing vessels (“Huanghai Construction Agreement”). The agreement expires in October 2016. In March 2016, Pingtan Fishing and Hong Long and Huanghai entered into a Three-party Agreement. According to the Three-party Agreement, Hong Long assigned all of its rights and obligations related to the Huanghai Construction Agreement to Pingtan Fishing. The project requires a total investment of RMB 90 million (approximately $13.5 million). The funds are required to be invested over the construction period of the project. As of June 30, 2016, Pingtan Fishing has paid in full of the total investment that was recorded as property, plant and equipment (construction-in-progress) and prepayment for long-term assets on the accompanying balance sheets.

Fishing vessels renovation agreement

On May 23, 2016, Pingtan Fishing entered into an agreement with Huanghai Ship Construction Co., Ltd. (“Huanghai”) related to the renovation of 13 fishing vessels (“Huanghai Renovation Agreement”). The agreement expires in December 2016. The project requires a total investment of RMB 65 million (approximately $9.8 million). The funds are required to be invested over the contract period of the project. As of June 30, 2016, Pingtan Fishing has paid RMB 60 million (approximately $9.0 million) of the total investment that was recorded as property, plant and equipment (construction-in-progress) and prepayment for long-term assets on the accompanying balance sheets.