Common Stock Purchase Warrant

Contract

EXHIBIT 99.03
 
THIS WARRANT AND THE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE OF THIS WARRANT HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE “SECURITIES ACT), OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS.  THIS WARRANT AND THE COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE UPON EXERCISE OF THIS WARRANT MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AS TO THIS WARRANT UNDER SAID ACT AND ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS OR AN OPINION OF COUNSEL REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.
 
Right to Purchase _____________shares of Common Stock ofESP RESOURCES, Inc. (subject to adjustment as provided herein)
 
 
No. _________________
Issue Date:_____ ___, 2012
 
ESP RESOURCES, Inc. a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Nevadahereby certifies that, for value received, the undersigned investor, or its assigns (the “Holder”), is entitled, subject to the terms set forth below, to purchase from the Company (as defined herein) at any time after the Issue Date of this Warrant untilThree (3) years after the Issue Date, up to___________________________ (__________)fully paid and non-assessable shares of Common Stock (as hereinafter defined), $0.0001 par value per share, at the applicable Exercise Price per share (as defined below).  The number and character of such shares of Common Stock and the applicable Exercise Price per share are subject to adjustment as provided herein.
 
As used herein the following terms, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following respective meanings:
 
(a) The term “Common Stock” includes (i) the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001per share; and (ii) any other securities into which or for which any of the securities described in the preceding clause (i) may be converted or exchanged pursuant to a plan of recapitalization, reorganization, merger, sale of assets or otherwise.
 
(b) The term “Company” shall meanESP RESOURCES, Inc., a Nevada corporation,.
 
(c) The “Exercise Price” applicable under this Warrant shall be Twenty-Five Cents ($0.25) per share.
 
(d) The term “Other Securities” refers to any stock (other than Common Stock) and other securities of the Company or any other person (corporate or otherwise) which the holder of the Warrant at any time shall be entitled to receive, or shall have received, on the exercise of the Warrant, in lieu of or in addition to Common Stock, or which at any time shall be issuable or shall have been issued in exchange for or in replacement of Common Stock or Other Securities pursuant to Section 4 or otherwise.
 
 
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1. Exercise of Warrant.
 
1.1. Number of Shares Issuable upon Exercise.  From and after the date hereof, the Holder shall be entitled to receive, upon exercise of this Warrant in whole or in part, by delivery of an original or fax copy of an exercise notice in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Exercise Notice”), shares of Common Stock of the Company, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 4.
 
1.2. Company Acknowledgment.  The Company will, at the time of the exercise of this Warrant, upon the request of the holder hereof acknowledge in writing its continuing obligation to afford to such holder any rights to which such holder shall continue to be entitled after such exercise in accordance with the provisions of this Warrant.  If the holder shall fail to make any such request, such failure shall not affect the continuing obligation of the Company to afford to such holder any such rights.
 
1.3. Trustee for Warrant Holders.  In the event that a bank or trust company shall have been appointed as trustee for the holders of this Warrant pursuant to Subsection 3.2, such bank or trust company shall have all the powers and duties of a warrant agent (as hereinafter described) and shall accept, in its own name for the account of the Company or such successor person as may be entitled thereto, all amounts otherwise payable to the Company or such successor, as the case may be, on exercise of this Warrant pursuant to this Section 1.
 
1.4. Termination of Warrant.  In the event the Warrants are not exercised within Three (3) years from the Issue Date, the right to exercise shall terminate.
 
1.5. Callable Provision.Subsequent to any effective registration of the Common Stock underlying this Warrant under the Securities Act, if the closing price of the Common Stock for each of fifteen (15) consecutive business days (the “Measurement Period”), exceeds $0.____ per share (subject to adjustment for forward and reverse stock splits, recapitalizations, stock dividends and the like after the date of issuance of this Warrant), then the Company may, within one (1) business day of the end of such Measurement Period, call for cancellation of up to 100% of all or any portion of this Warrant for which an Purchase/Exercise Form has not yet been delivered (such right, a “Call”).  To exercise this right, the Company must deliver to the Registered Holder an irrevocable written notice (a “Call Notice”), indicating therein the unexercised portion of this Warrant to which such notice applies.  In the event a Purchase/Exercise Form for any portion of this Warrant subject to such Call Notice shall not have been received by the Company within fifteen (15) business days after the date the Call Notice is received by the Holder, then the Warrant shall be forfeited in its entirety without payment or consideration to the Registered Holder and shall automatically terminate without any further action by either party.  It is expressly agreed and acknowledged that the Company’s Call rights as set forth in this Section 1.5 are exercisable by the Company contingent upon the effective registration of the Common Stock underlying the Warrant under the Securities Act, or are otherwise resalable without limitation in accordance with the safe harbor provisions of Rule 144, at all times commencing the date of the Call Notice through the date set for Call.
 
 
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2. Procedure for Exercise.
 
2.1. Delivery of Stock Certificates, Etc., on Exercise.  The Company agrees that the shares of Common Stock purchased upon exercise of this Warrant shall be deemed to be issued to the Holder as the record owner of such shares as of the close of business on the date on which this Warrant shall have been surrendered and payment made for such shares in accordance herewith.  As soon as practicable after the exercise of this Warrant in full or in part, and in any event within Three (3) business days thereafter (“Warrant Share Delivery Date”), the Company at its expense (including the payment by it of any applicable issue taxes) will cause to be issued in the name of and delivered to the Holder, or as such Holder (upon payment by such Holder of any applicable transfer taxes) may direct in compliance with applicable securities laws, a certificate or certificates for the number of duly and validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) to which such Holder shall be entitled on such exercise. The Company understands that a delay in the delivery of the Warrant Shares after the Warrant Share Delivery Date could result in economic loss to the Holder.  Furthermore, in addition to any other remedies which may be available to the Holder, in the event that the Company fails for any reason to effect delivery of the Warrant Shares by the Warrant Share Delivery Date, the Holder may revoke all or part of the relevant Warrant exercise by delivery of a notice to such effect to the Company, whereupon the Company and the Holder shall each be restored to their respective positions immediately prior to the exercise of the relevant portion of this Warrant.
 
2.2. Exercise.
 
(a) Form of Payment.Payment may be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds or by certified or official bank check payable to the order of the Company equal to the applicable aggregate Exercise Price.
 
(b) Cashless Exercise After the First Twelve Months.  The Holder may, in its sole discretion and after the twelve month anniversary of this Warrant, in the event that no registration is in effect with respect to the resale of the Common Stock underlying the Warrant under the Securities Act, as amended, exercise this Warrant in whole or in part and, in lieu of making the cash payment otherwise contemplated to be made to the Company upon such exercise in payment as set forth in Section 2.2(a) above, elect instead to receive upon such exercise the “Net Number” of shares of the Company’s Common Stock equal to the quotient obtained by dividing [(A-B) (X)] by (A), where:
 
(i) (A)           =           theclosing price on the Trading Day immediately preceding the date of such election;
 
(ii) (B)           =           the Exercise Price of this Warrant, as adjusted; and
 
(iii) (X)          =           the number of Warrant Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant in accordance with the terms of this Warrant by means of a cash exercise rather than a cashless exercise.
 
(c) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, on the Termination Date, this Warrant shall be automatically exercised via cashless exercise
 
 
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3. Effect of Reorganization, Etc.; Adjustment of Exercise Price.
 
3.1. Reorganization, Consolidation, Merger, Etc.  If there occurs any capital reorganization or any reclassification of the Common Stock of the Company, the consolidation or merger of the Company with or into another person (other than a merger or consolidation of the Company in which the Company is the continuing entity and which does not result in any reorganization or reclassification of its outstanding Common Stock) or the sale or conveyance of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company to another person, then, as a condition precedent to any such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, sale or conveyance, the Holder will be entitled to receive upon surrender of the Warrant to the Company to the extent that the Holder would be entitled to receive Common stock (or Other Securities) (in addition to or in lieu of cash in connection with any such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, sale or conveyance), the same kind andamounts of securities or other assets, or both, that are issuable or distributable to the holders of outstanding Common Stock (or Other Securities) of the Company with respect to their Common Stock (or Other Securities) upon such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, sale or conveyance, as would have been deliverable to the Holder had the Holder exercised such Warrant immediately prior to the consummation of such reorganization, reclassification, consolidation, merger, sale or conveyance less an amount of such securities having a value equal to the aggregate Exercise Price payable upon exercise of the Warrant.
 
3.2. Dissolution.  In the event of any dissolution of the Company following the transfer of all or substantially all of its properties or assets, the Company, concurrently with any distributions made to holders of its Common Stock, shall at its expense deliver or cause to be delivered to the Holder the stock and other securities receivable by the Holder pursuant to Section 3.1, or, if the Holder shall so instruct the Company, to a bank or trust company specified by the Holder and having its principal office in New York, NY as trustee for the Holder  (the “Trustee”).
 
3.3. Continuation of Terms.  Upon any reorganization, consolidation, merger or transfer (and any dissolution following any transfer) referred to in this Section 3, this Warrant shall continue in full force and effect and the terms hereof shall be applicable to the shares of stock and other securities and property receivable on the exercise of this Warrant after the consummation of such reorganization, consolidation or merger or the effective date of dissolution following any such transfer, as the case may be, and shall be binding upon the issuer of any such stock or other securities, including, in the case of any such transfer, the person acquiring all or substantially all of the properties or assets of the Company, whether or not such person shall have expressly assumed the terms of this Warrant as provided in Section 4.  In the event this Warrant does not continue in full force and effect after the consummation of the transactions described in this Section 3, then the Company’s securities receivable by the Holder will be delivered to the Holder or the Trustee as contemplated by Section 3.2.
 
 
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4. Certificate as to Adjustments.  In each case of any adjustment or readjustment in the shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) issuable on the exercise of this Warrant, the Company at its expense will promptly cause its Chief Financial Officer or other appropriate designee to compute such adjustment or readjustment in accordance with the terms of this Warrant and prepare a certificate setting forth such adjustment or readjustment and showing in detail the facts upon which such adjustment or readjustment is based, including a statement of (a) the consideration received or receivable by the Company for any additional shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) issued or sold or deemed to have been issued or sold, (b) the number of shares of Common Stock (or Other Securities) outstanding or deemed to be outstanding, and (c) the Exercise Price and the number of shares of Common Stock to be received upon exercise of this Warrant, in effect immediately prior to such adjustment or readjustment and as adjusted or readjusted as provided in this Warrant.  The Company will forthwith mail a copy of each such certificate to the Holder and any warrant agent of the Company (appointed pursuant to Section 8 hereof).
 
5. Assignment; Exchange of Warrant.Subject to compliance with applicable securities laws, this Warrant, and the rights evidenced hereby, may be transferred by any registered holder hereof (a “Transferor”) in whole or in part.  On the surrender for exchange of this Warrant, with the Transferor’s endorsement in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto (the “Transferor Endorsement Form”) and together with evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company demonstrating compliance with applicable securities laws, which shall include, without limitation, the provision of a legal opinion from the Transferor’s counsel (at the Company’s expense) that such transfer is exempt from the registration requirements of applicable securities laws, the Company at its expense (but with payment by the Transferor of any applicable transfer taxes) will issue and deliver to or on the order of the Transferor thereof a new Warrant of like tenor, in the name of the Transferor and/or the transferee(s) specified in such Transferor Endorsement Form (each a “Transferee”), calling in the aggregate on the face or faces thereof for the number of shares of Common Stock called for on the face or faces of the Warrant so surrendered by the Transferor.
 
6. Replacement of Warrant.  On receipt of evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of this Warrant and, in the case of any such loss, theft or destruction of this Warrant, on delivery of an indemnity agreement or security reasonably satisfactory in form and amount to the Company or, in the case of any such mutilation, on surrender and cancellation of this Warrant, the Company at its expense will execute and deliver, in lieu thereof, a new Warrant of like tenor.
 
7. Maximum Exercise.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in no event shall the Holder be entitled to exercise any portion of this Warrant in excess of that portion of this Warrant upon exercise of which the sum of (a) the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by the Holder and its Affiliates and (b) the number of shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of the portion of this Warrant with respect to which the determination of this limitation is being made, would result in beneficial ownership by the Holder and its Affiliates of any amount greater than 4.99% of the then outstanding shares of Common Stock.  As used herein, the term “Affiliate” means any person or entity that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls or is controlled by or is under common control with a person or entity, as such terms are used in and construed under Rule 144 under the Securities Act.   For purposes of the second preceding sentence, beneficial ownership shall be determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Regulations 13(d)-(g) thereunder.
 
 
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8. Warrant Agent.  The Company may, by written notice to the Holder of the Warrant, appoint an agent for the purpose of issuing Common Stock (or Other Securities) on the exercise of this Warrant pursuant to Section 1, exchanging this Warrant pursuant to Section 7, and replacing this Warrant pursuant to Section 8, or any of the foregoing, and thereafter any such issuance, exchange or replacement, as the case may be, shall be made at such office by such agent.
 
9. Transfer on the Company’s Books.  Until this Warrant is transferred on the books of the Company, the Company may treat the registered holder hereof as the absolute owner hereof for all purposes, notwithstanding any notice to the contrary.
 
10. Notices, Etc.  All notices and other communications from the Company to the Holder shall be mailed by first class registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, at such address as may have been furnished to the Company in writing by such Holder or, until any such Holder furnishes to the Company an address, then to, and at the address of, the last Holder who has so furnished an address to the Company.
 
11. Miscellaneous.  This Warrant and any term hereof may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against which enforcement of such change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought.  THIS WARRANT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICTS OF LAWS. ANY ACTION BROUGHT CONCERNING THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS WARRANT SHALL BE BROUGHT ONLY IN THE STATE COURTS OF NEW YORK OR IN THE FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE HOLDER MAY CHOOSE TO WAIVE THIS PROVISION AND BRING AN ACTION OUTSIDE THE STATE OF NEW YORK.  The individuals executing this Warrant on behalf of the Company agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts and waive trial by jury.  The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the other party its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.  In the event that any provision of this Warrant is invalid or unenforceable under any applicable statute or rule of law, then such provision shall be deemed inoperative to the extent that it may conflict therewith and shall be deemed modified to conform with such statute or rule of law.  Any such provision which may prove invalid or unenforceable under any law shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Warrant.  The headings in this Warrant are for purposes of reference only, and shall not limit or otherwise affect any of the terms hereof.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision hereof.  The Company acknowledges that legal counsel participated in the preparation of this Warrant and, therefore, stipulates that the rule of construction that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be applied in the interpretation of this Warrant to favor any party against the other party.
 
12. Original Documents. An executed, original Warrant Agreement must be received by the Holder’s attorney, Brinen & Associates, LLC at 7 Dey Street, Suite 1503, New York, New York 10007.

 
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13. Registration Rights. If at any time while this Warrant Agreement is effective (the “Piggy-Back Period”) the Company proposes to file with the SEC a Registration Statement relating to an offering for its own account or the account of others under the Securities Act of any of its securities (other than a Registration Statement on Form S-4 or Form S-8 (or their equivalents at such time) relating to securities to be issued solely in connection with any acquisition of any entity or business or equity securities issuable in connection with stock option or other employee benefit plans), the Company shall include the Conversion Shares of Common Stock on such Registration Statement.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has executed this Warrant as of the date first written above.
 
  ESP RESOURCES, Inc.  
     
     
   
  Chief Executive Officer  
 
INVESTOR: _________________________

By: ________________________________

Name: ______________________________

Title: _______________________________

Address: ____________________________

____________________________________


 
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EXHIBIT A
 
EXERCISE NOTICE
 
(To Be Signed Only On Exercise Of Warrant)

TO:           ESP RESOURCES, Inc.

______________________________

______________________________
Attention:                      Chief Executive Officer
 
The undersigned, pursuant to the provisions set forth in the attached Warrant (No.____), hereby irrevocably elects to purchase _____________ shares of the Common Stock covered by such Warrant
 
The undersigned herewith makes payment of the full Exercise Price for such shares at the price per share provided for in such Warrant, which is $0.____.
 
The undersigned requests that the certificates for such shares be issued in the name of, and delivered to ______________________ whose address is _________________________________________________.
 
The undersigned represents and warrants that all offers and sales by the undersigned of the securities issuable upon exercise of the within Warrant shall be made pursuant to registration of the Common Stock under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act.
 
Dated: _______________________
   
   
(Signature must conform to name of holder as specified on the face of the Warrant)
 
   
Address: 
 
       

 
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EXHIBIT B
 
FORM OF TRANSFEROR ENDORSEMENT
 
(To Be Signed Only On Transfer Of Warrant)
 
For value received, the undersigned hereby sells, assigns, and transfers unto the person(s) named below under the heading “Transferees” the right represented by the within Warrant to purchase the percentage and number of shares of Common Stock of ESP RESOURCES, Inc., into which the within Warrant relates specified under the headings “Percentage Transferred” and “Number Transferred,” respectively, opposite the name(s) of such person(s) and appoints each such person Attorney to transfer its respective right on the books of ESP RESOURCES, Inc.,with full power of substitution in the premises.
 
Transferees
 
Address
 
Percentage Transferred
 
Number Transferred
             
             
             
             
 
Dated:  ________________
  __________________________________________________________
   
(Signature must conform to name of holder as specified on the face of the Warrant)
   
Address:  _________________________________________
 
_________________________________________________
     
   
SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF:
    __________________________________________________________
   
(Name)
 
 
ACCEPTED AND AGREED:
[TRANSFEREE]
 
   
   
(Name)
 
 
 
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