Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Derivative liability

Derivative liability
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative liability
Derivative liability:

On October 16, 2013, the Company, formerly known as Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation ("Committed Capital"), closed a merger transaction (the “Merger”) with The ONE Group, LLC, a privately held Delaware limited liability company (“ONE Group”), pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 16, 2013 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, CCAC Acquisition Sub, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Committed Capital (“Merger Sub”) and The ONE Group. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, ONE Group became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Committed Capital through a merger of Merger Sub with and into ONE Group, and the former members of ONE Group received shares of Committed Capital that constituted a majority of the outstanding shares of Committed Capital.

The Merger provided for up to an additional $14.1 million of payments to the former holders of ONE Group membership interests (the "TOG Members") and to a liquidating trust (the "Liquidating Trust") established for the benefit of the TOG Members and the holders of warrants to acquire membership interests of ONE Group based on a formula as described in the Merger Agreement and which is contingent upon the exercise of outstanding Company warrants to purchase 5,750,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.00 per share (the “Public Warrants”). The Company was required to make any payments on a monthly basis. Additionally, certain ONE Group employees were entitled to receive a contingent sign-on bonus of an aggregate of approximately $900,000 upon the exercise of the Public Warrants. Any Public Warrants that were unexercised were set to expire on the date that is the earlier of (i) February 27, 2016 or (ii) the forty-fifth (45th) day following the date that the Company’s common stock closes at or above $6.25 per share for 20 out of 30 trading days commencing on February 27, 2014.
The Company estimated the fair value of the derivative liability at each reporting period based on the period of time between the balance sheet date, the exercise date and the possibility of exercise. The Public Warrants expired on February 27, 2016 and the remaining balance of $100,000 was written off on that date.