At-The-Market (ATM) Equity Distribution Programs Featured at Most Recent Haskell & White LLP SEC Roundtable Series

  At-The-Market (ATM) Equity Distribution Programs Featured at Most Recent
  Haskell & White LLP SEC Roundtable Series

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IRVINE, Calif. -- November 22, 2013

An alternative method of raising capital for small and mid-cap issuers was the
focus of the latest Haskell & White SEC Roundtable, held earlier this month at
the Center Club in Costa Mesa. At-The-Market (ATM) Equity Distribution
programs were explained and then discussed by the panel and audience. While
ATMs have been in use for some time and their popularity is growing, they are
not yet widely used by small and mid-cap public companies.

Leading the conversation were Brad Timon, CFO of Quantum Fuel Systems
Technologies Worldwide, Inc., and Kellee Bergendahl, Vice President Investment
Banking of Ascendiant Capital Markets, LLC. Rick Smetanka, Partner-in-Charge,
Audit and Business Advisory Services, at Irvine-based Haskell & White LLP,
moderated the program.

According to the panelists, ATM programs can be an effective, cost-efficient
alternative to the more traditional forms of equity financing, such as
follow-on underwritten offerings, PIPEs and registered direct offerings. ATMs
offer the following advantages over the more traditional forms of financing:

  *The timing and number of shares sold at the current trading price of the
    issuer is at the discretion of the company
  *Cost of capital is lower and less dilutive
  *Ease of setup (can be set up in a week)
  *Lower level of pre-offering due diligence and no “road shows”

Timon provided an in-depth view of his company’s recent ATM program. Quantum
Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. was able to cost effectively raise
equity capital by selling registered shares at current trading prices on the
open market at the level and time of its choosing. Yet Timon mentioned one
potential downside: some investors may avoid investing in companies with an
active ATM arrangement in place because they fear it could put downward
pressure on the stock price.

Bergendahl, whose company is a full-service investment banking firm, added
“Ascendiant believes every qualified issuer should have an ATM facility. It’s
a great tool to have available when needed, and doesn’t have to be used if not
needed. Although some investors may perceive that ATMs place downward pressure
on stock prices, my experience has been that this is simply not the case.”

“Having worked through a couple of ATM transactions over the summer with our
clients, we quickly learned that these programs offer significant benefits to
certain small and midsize public companies. When we realized that many public
company management teams and boards were not aware of ATMs and how they work,
we decided that this topic would be a great fit for our SEC Roundtable
Series,” Smetanka said.

Haskell & White holds quarterly SEC Roundtable discussions to bring
cutting-edge public company topics to light. The SEC Roundtables are open to
financial executives of public companies. Those interested in future sessions
may contact Meagan Hayes at 949-450-6249.

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