Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 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 December 31, 2016 and 2015, which have not been reflected in its consolidated financial statements. 

 

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 $144.2 million) and Pingtan Fishing accounted for 35% of the total ownership. Accordingly, Pingtan Fishing has the obligation to contribute RMB 350 million (approximately $50.5 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 $28.8 million) as the equity investment’s registered capital. As of December 31, 2016, the Pingtan Fishing has contributed RMB 198 million (approximately $28.5 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 expired 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 $20.2 million). The funds are required to be invested over the construction period of the project. As of December 31, 2016, Pingtan Fishing has paid RMB 133.0 million (approximately $19.2 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.