Stock Purchase Warrant

STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT to Purchase____________ Shares of Common Stock of ARKADOS GROUP, INC.

 
EXHIBIT 4.3
NEITHER THIS WARRANT NOR THE SHARES ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE HEREOF HAVE BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE “SECURITIES ACT”) OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS IN RELIANCE UPON AN EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND SUCH OTHER SECURITIES LAWS.  NEITHER THIS WARRANT NOR THE SHARES ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE HEREOF MAY BE SOLD, PLEDGED, TRANSFERRED, ENCUMBERED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF EXCEPT PURSUANT TO AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OR IN A TRANSACTION THAT IS EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT.


No. WTPB - ___

To Purchase____________ Shares of Common Stock of

ARKADOS GROUP, INC.

THIS CERTIFIES that, for value received, __________________ (the “Holder”) is entitled, upon the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, at any time prior to the close of business on July 15, 2010  (the “Termination Date”), but not thereafter, to subscribe for and purchase from Arkados Group, Inc., a corporation incorporated in Delaware (the “Company”), up to ____________________________________ (_________) shares (the “Warrant Shares”) of the common stock, $.0001 par value, of the Company (the “Common Stock”).  The purchase price of one share of Common Stock (the “Exercise Price”) under this Warrant shall be $0.85.  The Exercise Price and the number of shares for which the Warrant is exercisable shall be subject to adjustment as provided herein.  This Warrant is part of an authorized class of up to 310,866 Warrants of like tenor authorized by the Company pursuant to agreements to amend the 6% Convertible Subordinated Notes due June 30, 2007 or to exchange such Notes for other securities of the Company.

1.           Title to Warrant.  Prior to and subject to compliance with applicable laws, this Warrant and all rights hereunder are transferable, in whole or in part, at the office or agency of the Company by the Holder hereof in person or by duly authorized attorney, upon surrender of this Warrant together with the Assignment Form annexed hereto properly endorsed.

2.           Authorization of Shares.  The Company covenants that all shares of Common Stock that may be issued upon the exercise of rights represented by this Warrant will, upon exercise of the rights represented by this Warrant, be duly authorized, validly issued, fully-paid and nonassessable and free from all taxes, liens and charges in respect of the issue thereof (other than taxes in respect of any transfer occurring contemporaneously with such issue).

3.           Exercise of Warrant.  Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, exercise of the purchase rights represented by this Warrant may be made at any time or times on or before the close of business on the Termination Date by the surrender of this Warrant and the
 
 
 

 
Notice of Exercise form annexed hereto duly executed, at the office of the Company (or such other office or agency of the Company as it may designate by notice in writing to the registered Holder hereof at the address of such Holder appearing on the books of the Company), and upon payment of the Exercise Price of the Warrant Shares thereby purchased by wire transfer or certified check, cashier’s check or money order drawn on a United States bank.  The Holder of this Warrant shall be entitled to receive a certificate for the number of shares of Common Stock so purchased.  If a registration statement for the resale of the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of this Warrant has not been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission by the first anniversary of the first closing of the offering contemplated by the Purchase Agreement (and provided further that (a) such registration statement shall also have been kept current for at least one year after the effective date thereof and (b) the Holder of the Warrant shall be entitled to the benefits of indemnification and contribution provisions of the Purchase Agreement with respect to such registration statement, this Warrant may also be exercised in whole or in part by means of a “cashless exercise” by means of tendering this Warrant to the Company together with a written demand to receive the number of shares of Common Stock equal in total Market Value (as hereinafter defined) to the difference between the total Market Value of the shares of Common Stock issuable upon such exercise of this Warrant (to the extent exercised) and the total cash Exercise Price of that part of the Warrant being exercised.  “Market Value” for this purpose shall be the price for the last trade of the Common Stock as reported by Bloomberg L.P. on the close of business on the last Trading Day (as such term is defined in the Note issued pursuant to the Purchase Agreement) preceding the tender of the original documentation for such cashless exercise. Certificates for shares purchased hereunder shall be delivered to the Holder hereof within seven (7) Trading Days after the date on which this Warrant shall have been exercised as aforesaid. This Warrant shall be deemed to have been exercised and such certificate or certificates shall be deemed to have been issued, and Holder or any other person so designated to be named therein shall be deemed to have become a holder of record of such shares for all purposes, as of the date the Warrant has been exercised by payment to the Company of the Exercise Price (or in the case of a cashless exercise, the date the original documents for such cashless exercise have been received by the Company).  If this Warrant shall have been exercised in part, the Company shall, at the time of delivery of the certificate or certificates representing Warrant Shares, deliver to Holder a new Warrant evidencing the rights of Holder to purchase the unpurchased shares of Common Stock called for by this Warrant; which new Warrant shall in all other respects be identical with this Warrant.

The Holder is granted the piggy back registration rights set forth in the Purchase Agreement, provided such rights may only be assigned in the manner described in the Securities Purchase Agreement.

4.           No Fractional Shares or Scrip.  No fractional shares or scrip representing fractional shares shall be issued upon the exercise of this Warrant.  As to any fraction of a share that Holder would otherwise be entitled to purchase upon such exercise, the Company shall cause the Transfer Agent to issue one whole share of Common Stock in respect of such fraction of a share of Common Stock.

5.           Charges, Taxes and Expenses.  Issuance of certificates for shares of Common Stock upon the exercise of this Warrant shall be made without charge to the Holder
 
 
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hereof for any issue or transfer tax or other incidental expense in respect of the issuance of such certificate, all of which taxes and expenses shall be paid by the Company, and such certificates shall be issued in the name of the Holder of this Warrant or in such name or names as may be directed by the Holder of this Warrant; provided, however, that in the event certificates for shares of Common Stock are to be issued in a name other than the name of the Holder of this Warrant, this Warrant when surrendered for exercise shall be accompanied by the Assignment Form attached hereto duly executed by the Holder hereof; and the Company may require, as a condition thereto, the payment of a sum sufficient to reimburse it for any transfer tax incidental thereto.

6.           Closing of Books.  The Company will not close its shareholder books or records in any manner that prevents the timely exercise of this Warrant.

7.           Transfer, Division and Combination.  (a) Subject to compliance with any applicable securities laws, transfer of this Warrant and all rights hereunder, in whole or in part, shall be registered on the books of the Company to be maintained for such purpose, upon surrender of this Warrant at the principal office of the Company, together with a written assignment of this Warrant substantially in the form attached hereto duly executed by Holder or its agent or attorney, and payment of funds sufficient to pay any transfer taxes payable upon the making of such transfer.  Upon such surrender and, if required, such payment, the Company shall execute and deliver a new Warrant or Warrants in the name of the assignee or assignees and in the denomination or denominations specified in such instrument of assignment, and shall issue to the assignor a new Warrant evidencing the portion of this Warrant not so assigned, and this Warrant shall promptly be cancelled.  A Warrant, if properly assigned, may be exercised by a new Holder for the purchase of shares of Common Stock without having a new Warrant issued.

(b)           This Warrant may be divided or combined with other Warrants upon presentation hereof at the aforesaid office of the Company, together with a written notice specifying the names and denominations in which new Warrants are to be issued, signed by Holder or its agent or attorney.  Subject to compliance with Section 7(a), as to any transfer that may be involved in such division or combination, the Company shall execute and deliver a new Warrant or Warrants in exchange for the Warrant or Warrants to be divided or combined in accordance with such notice.

(c)           The Company shall prepare, issue and deliver at its own expense (other than transfer taxes) the new Warrant or Warrants under this Section 7.

(d)           The Company agrees to maintain, at its aforesaid office, books for the registration and the registration of transfer of the Warrants.

8.           No Rights as Shareholder until Exercise.  This Warrant does not entitle the Holder hereof to any voting rights or other rights as a shareholder of the Company prior to the exercise hereof.  Upon the surrender of this Warrant and the payment of the aggregate Exercise Price as contemplated by Section 3, the Warrant Shares so purchased shall be and be deemed to be issued to such Holder as the record owner of such shares as of the close of business on the later of the date of such surrender or payment.

 
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9.           Loss, Theft, Destruction or Mutilation of Warrant.  The Company covenants that upon receipt by the Company of evidence reasonably satisfactory to it of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of this Warrant certificate or any stock certificate relating to the Warrant Shares, and in case of loss, theft or destruction, of indemnity or security reasonably satisfactory to it (which shall not include the posting of any bond), and upon surrender and cancellation of such Warrant or stock certificate, if mutilated, the Company will make and deliver a new Warrant or stock certificate of like tenor and dated as of such cancellation, in lieu of such Warrant or stock certificate.

10.           Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, etc.  If the last or appointed day for the taking of any action or the expiration of any right required or granted herein shall be a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, then such action may be taken or such right may be exercised on the next succeeding day not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.

11.           Adjustments of Exercise Price and Number of Warrant Shares.

The number and kind of securities purchasable upon the exercise of this Warrant and the Exercise Price shall be subject to adjustment from time to time upon the happening of any of the following.

(a)           Reorganization, Reclassification, Merger, Consolidation or Disposition of Assets.  In case the Company shall reorganize its capital, reclassify its capital stock, consolidate or merge with or into another corporation (where the Company is not the surviving corporation or where there is a change in or distribution with respect to the Common Stock of the Company), or sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all its property, assets or business to another corporation and, pursuant to the terms of such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation or disposition of assets, shares of common stock of the successor or acquiring corporation, or any cash, shares of stock or other securities or property of any nature whatsoever (including warrants or other subscription or purchase rights) in addition to or in lieu of common stock of the successor or acquiring corporation (“Other Property”), are to be received by or distributed to the holders of Common Stock of the Company, then Holder shall have the right thereafter to receive, upon exercise of this Warrant, the number of shares of common stock of the successor or acquiring corporation or of the Company, if it is the surviving corporation, and Other Property receivable upon or as a result of such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation or disposition of assets by a holder of the number of shares of Common Stock for which this Warrant is exercisable immediately prior to such event.  In case of any such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation or disposition of assets, the successor or acquiring corporation (if other than the Company) shall expressly assume the due and punctual observance and performance of each and every covenant and condition of this Warrant to be performed and observed by the Company and all the obligations and liabilities hereunder, subject to such modifications as may be deemed appropriate (as determined in good faith by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company) in order to provide for adjustments of shares of Common Stock for which this Warrant is exercisable which shall be as nearly equivalent as practicable to the adjustments provided for in this Section 11.  For purposes of this Section 11, “common stock of the successor or acquiring corporation” shall
 
 
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include stock of such corporation of any class which is not preferred as to dividends or assets over any other class of stock of such corporation and which is not subject to redemption and shall also include any evidences of indebtedness, shares of stock or other securities which are convertible into or exchangeable for any such stock, either immediately or upon the arrival of a specified date or the happening of a specified event and any warrants or other rights to subscribe for or purchase any such stock.  The foregoing provisions of this Section 11 shall similarly apply to successive reorganizations, reclassifications, mergers, consolidations or disposition of assets.

12.           Voluntary Adjustment by the Company.  The Company may at any time during the term of this Warrant, reduce the then current Exercise Price to any amount and for any period of time deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of the Company, except to the extent such action would delay or impair the Holder’s right to publicly resell the Warrant Shares pursuant to Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act or otherwise.

13.           Notice of Adjustment.  Whenever the number of Warrant Shares or number or kind of securities or other property purchasable upon the exercise of this Warrant or the Exercise Price is adjusted, as herein provided, the Company shall promptly mail by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Holder of this Warrant notice of such adjustment or adjustments setting forth the number of Warrant Shares (and other securities or property) purchasable upon the exercise of this Warrant and the Exercise Price of such Warrant Shares (and other securities or property) after such adjustment, setting forth a brief statement of the facts requiring such adjustment and setting forth the computation by which such adjustment was made.  Such notice, in the absence of manifest error, shall be conclusive evidence of the correctness of such adjustment.

14.           Notice of Corporate Action.  If at any time:

(i)           the Company shall take a record of the holders of its Common Stock for the purpose of entitling them to receive a dividend or other distribution, or any right to subscribe for or purchase any evidences of its indebtedness, any shares of stock of any class or any other securities or property, or to receive any other right, or

(ii)           there shall be any capital reorganization of the Company, any reclassification or recapitalization of the capital stock of the Company or any consolidation or merger of the Company with, or any sale, transfer or other disposition of all or substantially all the property, assets or business of the Company to, another corporation or,

(iii)           there shall be a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Company; then, in any one or more of such cases, the Company shall give to Holder (i) at least 10 days’ prior written notice of the date on which a record date shall be selected for such dividend, distribution or right or for determining rights to vote in respect of any such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation, sale, transfer, disposition, liquidation or winding up, and (ii) in the case of any such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation, sale, transfer, disposition, dissolution, liquidation or winding up, at least 10 days’ prior written notice of the date when the same shall take place.  Such notice in accordance with the foregoing clause also
 
 
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shall specify (i) the date on which any such record is to be taken for the purpose of such dividend, distribution or right, the date on which the holders of Common Stock shall be entitled to any such dividend, distribution or right, and the amount and character thereof, and (ii) the date on which any such reorganization, reclassification, merger, consolidation, sale, transfer, disposition, dissolution, liquidation or winding up is to take place and the time, if any such time is to be fixed, as of which the holders of Common Stock shall be entitled to exchange their shares of Common Stock for securities or other property deliverable upon such disposition, dissolution, liquidation or winding up.  Each such written notice shall be sufficiently given if addressed to Holder at the last address of Holder appearing on the books of the Company and delivered in accordance with Section 16(d).

15.           Authorized Shares.

(a)           The Company covenants that during the period the Warrant is outstanding, it will reserve from its authorized and unissued Common Stock a sufficient number of shares to provide for the issuance of the Warrant Shares upon the exercise of any purchase rights under this Warrant.  The Company further covenants that its issuance of this Warrant shall constitute full authority to its officers who are charged with the duty of executing stock certificates to execute and issue the necessary certificates for the Warrant Shares upon the exercise of the purchase rights under this Warrant.  The Company will take all such reasonable action as may be necessary to assure that such Warrant Shares may be issued as provided herein without violation of any applicable law or regulation, or of any requirements of  the Principal Market upon which the Common Stock may be listed.

(b)           The Company shall not by any action, including, without limitation, amending its certificate of incorporation or through any reorganization, transfer of assets, consolidation, merger, dissolution, issue or sale of securities or any other voluntary action, avoid or seek to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms of this Warrant, but will at all times in good faith assist in the carrying out of all such terms and in the taking of all such actions as may be necessary or appropriate to protect the rights of Holder against impairment.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company will (i) not increase the par value of any shares of Common Stock receivable upon the exercise of this Warrant above the amount payable therefor upon such exercise immediately prior to such increase in par value, (ii) take all such action as may be necessary or appropriate in order that the Company may validly and legally issue fully paid and nonassessable shares of Common Stock upon the exercise of this Warrant, and (iii) use its best efforts to obtain all such authorizations, exemptions or consents from any public regulatory body having jurisdiction thereof as may be necessary to enable the Company to perform its obligations under this Warrant.
 
(c)           Upon the request of Holder, the Company will at any time during the period this Warrant is outstanding acknowledge in writing, in form reasonably satisfactory to Holder, the continuing validity of this Warrant and the obligations of the Company hereunder.

(d)           Before taking any action pursuant to Section 11 or 12  that would cause an adjustment reducing the current Exercise Price below the then par value, if any, of the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants, the Company shall take any
 
 
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corporate action that may be necessary in order that the Company may validly and legally issue fully- paid and nonassessable shares of such Common Stock at such adjusted Exercise Price.

(e)           Before taking any action that would result in an adjustment in the Exercise Price, the Company shall obtain all such authorizations or exemptions thereof, or consents thereto, as may be necessary from any public regulatory body or bodies having jurisdiction thereof.

16.           Miscellaneous.

(a)           Jurisdiction. This Warrant shall be binding upon any successors or assigns of the Company.  This Warrant shall constitute a contract under the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to its conflict of law principles or rules.

(b)           Restrictions.  The Holder hereof acknowledges that the Warrant Shares acquired upon the exercise of this Warrant, if not registered or exempt from registration, will have restrictions upon resale imposed by state and Federal securities laws.

(c)           Nonwaiver and Expenses.  No course of dealing or any delay or failure to exercise any right hereunder on the part of Holder shall operate as a waiver of such right or otherwise prejudice Holder’s rights, powers or remedies; notwithstanding which all rights hereunder terminate on the Termination Date.  If the Company fails to comply with any  provision of this Warrant, the Company shall pay to Holder such amounts as shall be sufficient to cover any costs and expenses including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees, including those of appellate proceedings, incurred by Holder in collecting any amounts due pursuant hereto or in otherwise enforcing any of its rights, powers or remedies hereunder.  The foregoing shall not contribute a limitation on the rights of the Holder in the event of the Company’s breach or default of its obligations hereunder.

(d)           Notices.  Any notice, request or other document required or permitted to be given or delivered to the Holder hereof by the Company shall be delivered in accordance with the notice provisions of the Purchase Agreement.

(e)           Limitation of Liability.  No provision hereof, in the absence of affirmative action by Holder to purchase shares of Common Stock, and no enumeration herein of the rights or privileges of Holder hereof, shall give rise to any liability of Holder for the purchase price of any Common Stock or as a stockholder of the Company, whether such liability is asserted by the Company or by creditors of the Company.

(f)           Remedies.  Holder, in addition to being entitled to exercise all rights granted by law, including recovery of damages, will be entitled to specific performance of its rights under this Warrant.  The Company agrees that monetary damages would not be adequate compensation for any loss incurred by reason of a breach by it of the provisions of this Warrant and hereby agrees to waive the defense in any action for specific performance that a remedy at law would be adequate.

 
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(g)           Successors and Assigns.  Subject to applicable securities laws, this Warrant and the rights and obligations evidenced hereby shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors of the Company and the successors and permitted assigns of Holder.  The provisions of this Warrant are intended to be for the benefit of all Holders from time to time of this Warrant and shall be enforceable by any such Holder or holder of Warrant Shares.

(h)           Indemnification.  The Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Holder from and against any liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, claims, costs, attorneys’ fees, expenses and disbursements of any kind that may be imposed upon, incurred by or asserted against Holder in any manner relating to or arising out of any failure by the Company to perform or observe in any material respect any of its covenants, agreements, undertakings or obligations set forth in this Warrant; provided, however, that the Company will not be liable hereunder to the extent that any liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, claims, costs, attorneys’ fees, expenses or disbursements are found in a final non-appealable judgment by a court to have resulted from Holder’s negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct in its capacity as a stockholder or warrantholder of the Company.

(i)           Severability.  Wherever possible, each provision of this Warrant shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Warrant shall be prohibited by or invalid under applicable law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provisions or the remaining provisions of this Warrant.

(j)           Headings.  The headings used in this Warrant are for the convenience of reference only and shall not, for any purpose, be deemed a part of this Warrant.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Warrant to be executed by its officer thereunto duly authorized.

Dated: July 12, 2007
 
 
ARKADOS GROUP, INC.
 
       
 
By:
/s/   
    Name:  Barbara Kane-Burke  
    Title:    Chief Financial Officer  
       

 

ATTEST:


__________________________
Secretary
 
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NOTICE OF EXERCISE



To:           Arkados Group, Inc.

(1)           The undersigned hereby elects to purchase ________ shares of Common Stock (the “Common Stock”) of Arkados Group, Inc., pursuant to the terms of the attached Warrant, and  [   ] tenders herewith payment of the exercise price in full OR  [   ] tenders the Warrant for cashless exercise, together with all applicable transfer taxes, if any.

(2)
Calculation of cashless exercise value, if applicable:_________________________
 

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

(3)           Please issue a certificate or certificates representing said shares of Common Stock in the name of the undersigned or in such other name as is specified below:

_______________________________
(Name)

_______________________________
(Address)

_______________________________


Dated:


______________________________
Signature

 
 
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ASSIGNMENT FORM

(To assign the foregoing Warrant, execute
this form and supply required information.
Do not use this form to exercise the Warrant.)



FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the foregoing Warrant and all rights evidenced thereby are hereby assigned to

_______________________________________________ whose address is

_______________________________________________________________.

_______________________________________________________________

Dated:  ______________, _______


Holder's Signature:               _____________________________

Holder's Address:                _____________________________

_____________________________


Signature Guaranteed:  ___________________________________________


NOTE:  The signature to this Assignment Form must correspond with the name as it appears on the face of the Warrant, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever, and must be guaranteed by a bank or trust company.  Officers of corporations and those acting in a fiduciary or other representative capacity should file proper evidence of authority to assign the foregoing Warrant.

ASSIGNMENT OF THIS WARRANT AND RELATED RIGHTS MAY ONLY BE MADE IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW AND THE TERMS OF THE SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO WHICH THIS WARRANT WAS ISSUED.  ANY TRANSFER IN VIOLATION THEREOF SHALL BE VOID NOT BINDING UPON THE COMPANY.
 
 
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