SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
Avalon Holdings Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
One American Way
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip code)|
Avalon Holdings Corporation 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan
(Full title of the plan)
Timothy C. Coxson
Chief Financial Officer
One American Way, Warren, Ohio 44484
(Name and address of agent for service)
(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of large accelerated filer, accelerated filer and smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
|Large accelerated filer||¨||Accelerated filer||¨|
|Non-accelerated filer||¨||Smaller reporting company||x|
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
|Title of securities to be registered||
Amount to be
per share (2)
Class A Common Stock, par value $.01 per share
|(1)||Consists of shares of Class A Common Stock to be offered pursuant to Avalon Holdings Corporation 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan (the Plan). In addition, pursuant to Rule 416(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), also registered hereunder are such additional number of shares of Class A Common Stock as may be offered or issued as a result of any stock splits, stock dividends or similar events.|
|(2)||Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457 (c) and Rule 457 (h) under the Securities Act of 1933, based on the average of the high and low sale prices per share of the Common Stock on February 22, 2010 on the NYSE Amex.|
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS
As permitted by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, this registration statement omits the information in Part I of Form S-8. The document containing the information specified in Part I of this registration statement will be sent or given to eligible employees as specified in Rule 428(b) (1) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). Such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this registration statement or as
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
|Item 3.||Incorporation of Documents by Reference.|
The following documents which have been filed by Registrant with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) are incorporated herein by reference:
|(a)||Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the SEC on March 20, 2009;|
|(b)||Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2009, as filed with the SEC on May 14, 2009;|
|(c)||Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2009, as filed with the SEC on August 11, 2009;|
|(d)||Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009, as filed with the SEC on November 12, 2009; and|
|(e)||The description of the Registrants Class A Common Stock, par value $.01, contained in the Registrants Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Commission on May 8, 1998.|
All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant with the Commission pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c) 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part of this Registration Statement from the date of filing of such documents.
|Item 4.||Description of Securities.|
|Item 5.||Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.|
|Item 6.||Indemnification of Directors and Officers.|
Our Articles of Incorporation provides that, to the fullest extend permitted by Ohio General Corporation Law, our directors shall not be personally liable to us or our stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director. Our Bylaws provide that, to the fullest extent permitted by Ohio law, we will indemnify, and advance expenses to, a director or officer in an action brought by reason of the fact that the director or officer is or was our director or officer, or is or was serving at our request as a director or officer of any other entity, against all expenses, liability and loss reasonably incurred or suffered by such person in connection therewith. We may maintain insurance to protect a director or officer against any expense, liability or loss, whether or not we would have the power to indemnify such person against such expense, liability or loss under Ohio law.
|Item 7.||Exemptions from Registration Claimed.|
|4.1||Certificate of incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrants Registration Statement on Form 10|
|4.2||Avalon Holdings Corporation 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan|
|23.1||Consent of Grant Thornton LLP.|
The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:
(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act);
(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement.
(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the
Paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrants annual report pursuant to Section13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plans annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be new Registration Statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized in Warren, Ohio, on February 25, 2010.
|Avalon Holdings Corporation|
|By:||/ S / T IMOTHY C. C OXSON|
Timothy C. Coxson, Chief Financial Officer,
Treasurer and Secretary
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities indicated
/ S / R ONALD E. K LINGLE
Ronald E. Klingle
Chairman of the Board,
Chief Executive Officer and Director
|February 25, 2010|
/ S / T IMOTHY C. C OXSON
Timothy C. Coxson
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer,
Secretary and Director
|February 25, 2010|
/ S / K URTIS D. G RAMLEY
Kurtis D. Gramley
|February 25, 2010|
/ S / S TEPHEN L. G ORDON
Stephen L. Gordon
|February 25, 2010|
/ S / D AVID G. B OZANICH
David G. Bozanich
|February 25, 2010|
|4.1||Certificate of incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrants Registration Statement on Form 10|
|4.2||Avalon Holdings Corporation 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan (filed herewith).|
|23.1||Consent of Grant Thornton LLP (filed herewith).|
AVALON HOLDINGS CORPORATION
2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan
The 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the Plan) is the renewal of the expired 1998 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The name was changed to reflect the year the Plan was approved. In addition, the Plan includes an amendment which authorizes the Option Plan Committee to reduce the exercise price of any stock option granted to the then current Fair Market Value if the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock covered by such stock option shall have declined since the date the stock option was granted.
1. Purposes . The principal purposes of the Plan are: (a) to improve individual employee performance by providing long-term incentives and rewards to employees of the Company and its Affiliates, (b) to assist the Company and its Affiliates in attracting, retaining and motivating employees and non-employee directors with experience and ability, and (c) to associate the interests of such employees and directors with those of the Companys shareholders.
2. Definitions . Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms, when used in this Plan, shall have the meanings set forth below:
(a) Affiliate means a majority-owned subsidiary, directly or indirectly, of the Company, including a company under contract to purchase which will become a majority owned subsidiary upon such purchase.
(b) Board of Directors means the Board of Directors of the Company.
(c) Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(d) Committee means the committee, consisting of two or more persons, which is appointed by the Board of Directors to administer the Plan.
(e) Common Stock or Stock means the Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, of the Company.
(f) Company means Avalon Holdings Corporation and its successors.
(g) Disabled or Disability shall have the meaning(s) set forth in the Companys long-term disability program applicable to such employee or, if there is no such program, as provided in Section 22(e) of the Code.
(h) Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
(i) Fair Market Value means the amount determined by the Committee, or, in the case of Options granted to Outside Directors pursuant to Section 6(i), the Board of Directors, to be the fair market value of the Common Stock at the time in question.
(j) Grant Date means the date an Option is granted under the Plan. The date of grant of an Option shall be the date as of which the Committee, or, in the case of Options
granted to Outside Directors pursuant to Section 6(i), the Board of Directors, determines that such Option shall become effective.
(k) Option means a right granted under the Plan to an Optionee to purchase a share of Common Stock at a fixed price for a specified period of time.
(l) Optionee means an eligible employee of the Company or an Affiliate who has received an Option granted under the Plan.
(m) Option Price means the price at which a share of Common Stock covered by an Option granted hereunder may be purchased.
(n) Outside Director means a member of the Board of Directors or of the board of directors of an Affiliate who is not an employee of the Company or any Affiliate.
(o) Rule 16b-3 means Rule 16b-3, as amended (17 CFR § 240.16b-3) or any successor rule issued under the Exchange Act.
(p) Subsidiary means a corporation in a chain of corporations beginning with the Company if each corporation in the chain, other than the last corporation, owns stock possessing 50% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock in one of the other corporations in the chain.
(q) Ten Percent Shareholder means an individual owning stock possessing 10% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or a Subsidiary.
3. Administration . The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall have full power and authority to administer and interpret the Plan and to adopt such rules, regulations, agreements, guidelines and instruments for the administration of the Plan as the Committee deems necessary or advisable. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have the authority to;
a) determine the Fair Market Value,
b) determine the employees to be granted Options under the Plan,
c) determine the size and applicable terms and conditions of grants to be made to such employees,
d) determine the time when Options will be granted and to authorize grants to eligible employees,
e) reduce the exercise price of any Option granted to the then current Fair Market Value if the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock covered by such Option shall have declined since the date the Option was granted.
The Committees interpretations of the Plan, and all actions taken and determinations made by the Committee concerning any matter arising under or with respect to the Plan or any Options granted hereunder, shall be final, binding and conclusive on all interested parties, including the Company, its Affiliates, its shareholders and all former, present and future employees of the Company. The Committee may delegate some or all of its power and authority hereunder to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company or others, such delegation to be subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee in its discretion shall determine and to the requirements of Rule 16b-3. The Committee may, as to all questions of accounting, rely
conclusively upon any determinations made by the independent public accountants of the Company. The Committee shall establish procedures for conducting its business.
The Board of Directors may exercise any of the authority conferred upon the Committee hereunder. In the event of such exercise of authority by the Board of Directors, references in the Plan to the Committee shall be deemed to refer to the Board of Directors as appropriate.
4. Stock Available for Options . The shares that may be delivered or purchased under the Plan shall not exceed an aggregate of 1,300,000 shares of Common Stock, subject to any adjustments which may be made pursuant to Section 9 hereof. Shares of Stock used for purposes of the Plan may be either shares of authorized but unissued Common Stock or treasury shares or both. Stock covered by Options which have terminated or expired prior to exercise or have been surrendered or canceled shall be available for further option grants hereunder.
5. Eligibility . All those salaried employees of the Company or any Affiliates as shall be determined from time to time by the Committee shall be eligible to participate in the Plan. Outside Directors shall participate in the Plan only under Section 6(i).
6. Terms and Conditions of Options . Each Option granted hereunder shall be in writing and shall contain such terms and conditions as the Committee may determine, subject to the following:
(a) Type . All Options granted under the Plan are intended to be non-qualified stock options for federal income tax purposes except for those Options designated as incentive stock options which qualify under Section 422 of the Code. No incentive stock options shall be granted to an Outside Director or to an employee of an Affiliate which is not a Subsidiary.
(b) Price . The Option Price shall be the Fair Market Value of Common Stock on the Grant Date as determined by the Committee, provided that for Options designated as incentive stock options the Option Price shall be not less than 110% of Fair Market Value for employees who are Ten Percent Shareholders and not less than 100% of Fair Market Value for other employees.
(c) ISO . In the case of an Option designated as an incentive stock option, the aggregate Fair Market Value of Common Stock (determined at the Grant Date) with respect to which incentive stock options are exercisable for the first time by an employee during any calendar year (under the Plan and under all other such plans of the Company or a Subsidiary) shall not exceed $100,000.
(d) Term and Exercise Dates . Options shall have a term of no longer than ten years from the Grant Date except that for an Option designated as an incentive stock option which is granted to a Ten Percent Shareholder, the Option shall have a term no longer than five years (the date on which the Option terminates is herein called the Expiration Date). No Option shall be exercisable prior to one year after its grant, unless otherwise provided by the Committee (but in no event before 6 months after its grant), and thereafter Options shall become exercisable in installments, if any, as provided by the Committee. Options must be exercised for full shares of Common Stock. To the extent that Options are not exercised when they become initially exercisable, they shall be carried forward and be exercisable until the expiration of the term of such Options, subject to Section 6(g) hereof.
(e) Exercise of Option . To exercise an Option, the holder thereof shall give notice of his or her exercise to the Secretary of the Company, specifying the number of shares of Common Stock to be purchased and identifying the Option being exercised. From time to time the Committee may establish procedures for effecting such exercises. No fractional shares shall be issued as a result of exercising an Option. Except as provided for in Section 6(h) hereof, an Option is exercisable during an Optionees lifetime only by the Optionee, provided, however, that in the event the Optionee is Disabled, such Options may be exercised by such Optionees guardian or legal representative designated or appointed to conduct his or her business affairs under the terms described in Section 6(g) hereof.
(f) Payment of Option Price and Taxes .
|(i)||The purchase price for the Options being exercised must be paid in full at the time of exercise. Such price shall be paid in cash, in Common Stock of the Company having a Fair Market Value, as of the close of the business day immediately preceding the date of exercise, equal to the exercise price or the portion thereof being paid in Common Stock (provided that such Common Stock had been owned by the Optionee for at least six months), or as the Committee may otherwise approve.|
|(ii)||To enable the Company to meet any applicable federal (including FICA), state and other withholding tax requirements, an Optionee shall also be required to pay to the Company at the time of exercise the amount of tax which the Company determines is to be withheld. No share of Common Stock will be delivered to any Optionee until all such amounts have been paid. An Optionee may satisfy such withholding tax requirement by electing to have the Company withhold Common Stock otherwise issuable to the Optionee, or to deliver to the Company previously acquired Common Stock, which has a Fair Market Value on the date the tax is determined to be due (the Tax Date) on the exercise of his or her Option which is at least equal to the amount required to be withheld. Such election must be made in writing at the time prescribed by the Committee prior to the Tax Date and shall be irrevocable. Elections by Optionees who are subject to Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act shall be subject to the subsequent disapproval of the Committee and shall be subject to such further requirements of Rule 16b-3 or other law or regulation as may be applicable.|
(g) Effect of Termination of Employment, Disability or Death . No Option may be exercised by an Optionee after the termination for any reason of his or her employment with the Company or an Affiliate, except that:
if such termination occurs by reason of the Optionees death or Disability, all portions of the Option then held by the Optionee which are exercisable on the date of termination and all portions which would have become exercisable had the Optionee continued in employment until the third anniversary of his or
her death or Disability, shall be exercisable during the six-month period subsequent to such termination date by, in the case of death, the persons designated in the Optionees will or his or her legal representative designated or appointed to conduct his or her legal affairs;
|(ii)||if such termination occurs by reason other than death, Disability or cause, all portions of the Option then held by the Optionee which are exercisable at the date of termination shall continue to be exercisable by the Optionee for a three-month period subsequent to such termination;|
|(iii)||if such termination is for cause, the Optionee shall forfeit any portion of his or her Option which was unexercised or unexercisable at such termination; and|
|(iv)||if the Optionee dies while Disabled during the six-month period described in clause (i) or dies during the three-month period described in clause (ii), all portions of his or her Option which were exercisable at the time of the Optionees death shall continue to be exercisable for a six-month period subsequent to such date of death by the persons designated in the Optionees will or his or her legal representatives.|
Transfer from employment with the Company to an Affiliate, from an Affiliate to the Company or from an Affiliate to another Affiliate shall not be treated as a termination of employment.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Option shall in no event be exercisable by the Optionee or his or her heirs or legal representatives after the Expiration Date.
(h) Nontransferability of Options . Except as provided below and in Section 6(g) above, during an Optionees lifetime, no Options under the Plan shall be assignable or transferable by the Optionee other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Such Options shall only be exercisable by the Optionee.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, as provided by the Committee in an award agreement, Options may be transferred (in whole or in part in a form approved by the Company) by the Optionee to (i) the spouse, children or grandchildren of the Optionee (Immediate Family Members), (ii) a trust or trusts for the exclusive benefit of the Immediate Family Members and , if applicable, the Optionee, or (iii) a partnership in which such Immediate Family Members and, if applicable, the Optionee are the only partners. Following any such transfer, the Option shall continue to be subject to the same terms and conditions as were applicable to the Options immediately prior to the transfer. A transferee of an Option may not transfer the Option, except to an Immediate Family Member or the Optionee.
(i) Outside Directors .
The Board of Directors may, from time to time, in its discretion, grant Options to one or more Outside Directors, subject to such
terms and conditions as the Board of Directors may determine, which such terms and conditions shall not be inconsistent with the other applicable provisions of the Plan.
|(ii)||The Option Price shall be the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock on the Grant Date.|
|(iii)||No Option may be exercised by an Outside Director after he or she ceases to be a director of the Company or an Affiliate by reason of death, Disability, resignation, removal or other reason, except that:|
|(A)||if such cessation occurs by reason of the Outside Directors death or Disability, the portion of his or her Option which was exercisable on such cessation and the portion which would become exercisable had the Outside Director continued as a director until the third anniversary of his or her death or Disability, shall be exercisable for six months following such cessation (but not beyond the Expiration Date), except that if such cessation was due to Disability and the former Outside Director dies during such six-month period, such portions of his or her Option shall be exercisable for a six-month period following such death by the persons designated in the Outside Directors will or his or her legal representatives (but not beyond the Expiration Date); and|
|(B)||if such cessation occurs by reason other than the Outside Directors death or Disability, the portion of his or her Option which was exercisable on such cessation shall be exercisable for six months following such cessation (but not beyond the Expiration Date), except that if the former Outside Director dies during such six-month period, such portion of his or her Option shall be exercisable for a six-month period following such death by the persons designated in the Outside Directors will or his or her legal representatives (but not beyond the Expiration Date).|
|(iv)||The provisions of the Plan shall apply to the Options granted to Outside Directors to the extent they are not inconsistent with the provisions of paragraphs (i) though (iii), above.|
7. Amendment . The Board of Directors of the Company may, at any time, amend, suspend or terminate the Plan, in whole or in part, provided that (i) no such action shall adversely affect any rights or obligations with respect to any grants theretofore made hereunder, and (ii) any shareholder approval required by the securities laws, stock exchange or NYSE Amex rules or other applicable law or regulation is obtained. The Committee may amend the terms and conditions of outstanding Options, provided, however, that (x) no such amendment shall be
adverse to the holder of an Option without the approval of such holder, and (y) the amended terms of the Option would be permitted under the Plan.
8. Registration, Listing and Qualification of Shares . Each Option shall be subject to the requirement that if at any time the Committee shall determine that the registration, listing or qualification of the shares covered thereby upon any securities exchange or under any federal or state securities or other law, or the consent or approval of any governmental regulatory body, is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the granting of such Option or the purchase of shares thereunder, no such Option may be exercised unless and until such registration, listing, qualification, consent or approval shall have been effected or obtained free of any condition not acceptable to the Committee. Any person exercising an Option shall make such representations and agreements and furnish such information as the Committee may request to assure compliance with the foregoing or any other applicable legal requirements.
9. Adjustment for Change in Stock Subject to Plan . In the event of any change in the outstanding shares of Common Stock by reason of any stock split, stock dividend, spin-off, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, combination, exchange of shares, reorganization, sale by the Company of all or substantially all of its assets, distribution to shareholders other than a normal cash dividend, or other similar corporate change, such equitable adjustments may be made in the Plan and the Options granted hereunder as the Committee determines are necessary or appropriate, including, if necessary, an adjustment in the number of shares and prices per share or the type or kind of shares or property applicable to Options then outstanding and in the number of shares which are reserved for issuance under the Plan. Any such adjustment shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes of the Plan.
10. No Rights to Options or Employment . No person shall have any claim or right to be granted an Option under the Plan. Receipt of an Option under the Plan shall not give a person any right to receive any other grant under the Plan. An Optionee shall have no rights to or interest in any Option except as set forth herein. Neither the Plan nor any action taken hereunder shall be construed as giving any person any right to be retained as an employee or director of the Company or any Affiliate.
11. Rights as a Shareholder . An Optionee under the Plan shall have no rights as a holder of Common Stock with respect to Options granted hereunder, unless and until certificates for shares of Common Stock are issued to such Optionee.
12. Other Actions . This Plan shall not restrict the authority of the Committee or of the Company to grant stock options, pursuant to other stock option plans, if any, to or with respect to any employee or other person.
13. Costs and Expenses . Except as provided in Section 6(f) hereof with respect to taxes, the costs and expenses of administering the Plan shall be borne by the Company and its Affiliates and shall not be charged to any grant or to any person receiving a grant.
14. Plan Unfunded . The Plan shall be unfunded. Except for reserving a sufficient number of authorized shares Common Stock to the extent required by law to meet the requirements of the Plan, the Company shall not be required to establish any special or separate fund or to make any other segregation of assets to assure the payment of any grant under the Plan.
15. Governing Law . This Plan shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio.
16. Effective Date and Duration of Plan . This Plan shall be effective as of October 7, 2009, conditioned upon shareholder approval. No Option shall be granted under the Plan after October 6, 2019.
CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
We have issued our reports dated March 19, 2009 with respect to the consolidated financial statements of Avalon Holdings Corporation appearing in the 2008 Annual Report of Avalon Holdings Corporation to its shareholders and with respect to the schedules included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 which are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement. We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement of the aforementioned reports.
/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP
February 25, 2010