Tecnoglass Inc.
Tecnoglass Inc. (Form: 10-K, Received: 04/15/2015 17:13:50)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

(Mark One)

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ______________to ______________

 

Commission File Number 001-35436

 

TECNOGLASS INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Cayman Islands N/A
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or
Organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

 

Avenida Circunvalar a 100 mts de la Via 40

Barrio Las Flores, Barranquilla

Colombia

 
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

(57)(5)3734000

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

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Ordinary Shares, par value $0.0001 per share The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

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As of June 30, 2014 (the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter), the aggregate market value of the ordinary shares held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $49,491,651 based on its last reported sales price of $12.08 on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

 

As of March 20, 2015, there were 24,801,132   ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value per share, outstanding.

 

Documents Incorporated by Reference: None.

 

 
 

  

TECNOGLASS INC. 

FORM 10-K

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I    
Item 1. Business. 4
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 16
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments. 16
Item 2. Properties. 17
Item 3. Legal Proceedings. 17
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 17
     
PART II    
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities. 18
Item 6. Selected Financial Data. 20
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. 20
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk. 26
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. 26
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures. 26
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures. 27
Item 9B. Other Information. 30
     
PART III    
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance. 31
Item 11. Executive Compensation. 36
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters. 38
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence. 41
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services. 49
     
PART IV    
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules. 50

 

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INTRODUCTION

 

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Form 10-K”) including, without limitation, statements under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” regarding our financial position, business strategy and the plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward looking statements. When used in this Form 10-K, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions, as they relate to us or our management, identify forward looking statements. Such forward looking statements are based on the beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward looking statements as a result of certain factors detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent written or oral forward looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.

 

Unless the context otherwise requires:

 

· references to the “Company” and to “we, ” “us” or “our” are to Tecnoglass Inc., a Cayman Islands exempted company, and its subsidiaries;
· references to “Tecnoglass Holding” are to Tecno Corporation;
· references to “Tecnoglass” are to Tecnoglass S.A.;
· references to “ES” are to C.I. Energía Solar S.A. E.S. Windows;
· references to “Tecno LLC” are to Tecnoglass LLC; and
· references to “Tecno RE” are to Tecnoglass RE LLC.

 

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PART I

 

Item 1.          Business.

 

Overview

 

We were originally formed under the name “Andina Acquisition Corporation” for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. On March 22, 2012, we consummated our initial public offering (the “IPO”), and on December 20, 2013, we consummated our initial business combination (the “Merger”), whereby our wholly-owned subsidiary merged with and into Tecnoglass Holding. As a result of the Merger, Tecnoglass Holding and its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tecnoglass and ES, became our direct and indirect subsidiaries. Accordingly, the business of Tecnoglass Holding and its subsidiaries became our business. We are now a holding company operating through our direct and indirect subsidiaries.

 

The Merger was accounted for as a reverse acquisition with Tecnoglass Holding being considered the accounting acquirer in the Merger. For accounting and financial purposes, we were treated as the acquired company, and Tecnoglass Holding was treated as the acquiring company. Accordingly, historical information, including historical financial information and the historical description of our business, for periods and dates prior to December 20, 2013, include information for Tecnoglass Holding and its subsidiaries.

 

Our Business

 

General

 

We are a leading manufacturer of hi-spec architectural glass and windows for the western hemisphere residential and commercial construction industries, operating through our direct and indirect subsidiaries. Headquartered in Barranquilla, Colombia, we operate out of a 2.3 million square foot vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art manufacturing complex that provides easy access to the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

 

We sell our products to more than 800 customers in North, Central and South America. The United States accounted for approximately 51% and 36% of our combined revenues in 2014 and 2013, while Colombia accounted for approximately 41% and 56%, and Panama for approximately 6% and 6% of our combined revenues in those years. Our   tailored, high-end products are found on some of the world’s most distinctive properties, including the El Dorado Airport (Bogota), Imbanaco Medical Center (Cali), Brickell City Centre (Miami), and The Woodlands (Houston).

 

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Tecnoglass. Tecnoglass is a leading manufacturer of a variety of glass products installed primarily in commercial and residential buildings, including tempered safety, double thermo-acoustic and laminated glass. Tecnoglass products are installed in hotels, residential buildings, commercial and corporate centers, universities, airports and hospitals in a variety of applications such as floating facades, curtain walls, windows, doors, handrails, interior and bathroom spatial dividers. Approximately 43% of Tecnoglass products are supplied to ES for installation in various products that ES manufactures, with the balance of Tecnoglass products being sold to customers throughout North, Central and South America.

 

Tecnoglass also produces aluminum products such as profiles, rods, bars, plates and other hardware used in the manufacture of windows. In 2007, Tecnoglass established its Alutions plant in Barranquilla, Colombia for extrusion, smelting, painting and anodizing processes, and for exporting, importing and marketing aluminum products. The Alutions plant contributes more than 90% of the raw materials needed for production of Tecnoglass aluminum products.

 

Glass Magazine ranked Tecnoglass as the second largest glass fabricator serving the U.S. market in 2013. We believe that it is the leading glass transformation company in Colombia, capturing 40% of the market share in the country. 

 

ES. ES is a leader in the production of high-end windows, with more than 29 years of experience in the glass and aluminum structure assembly market in Colombia. ES designs, manufactures, markets and installs architectural systems for high, medium and low rise construction, glass and aluminum windows and doors, office dividers and interiors, floating facades and commercial display windows.

 

Since 2004, we have a strategic commercial relationship with ES Windows LLC (“ESW LLC”), a Florida-based company partially owned by Christian T. Daes and José M. Daes, who are also our executive officers and directors. ESW LLC is a member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, a technical information center for the architecture industry with highest standards. ESW LLC sends project specifications and orders from its clients to ES, and in turn, receives pricing quotes from ES which are conveyed to the client. ESW LLC does not install any of our products. Our transactions with ESW LLC are further disclosed in the notes to our financial statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report.

 

Based on our knowledge of the South Florida construction market, we believe that ES participated in 80% of the high rise building projects in South Florida in the years leading up to the 2008 economic crises through the sale of its products to RC Aluminum Industries (“RC Aluminum”). ES also possesses the requisite permits, known as Notices of Acceptance (“NOA”) to commercialize hurricane windows in Miami-Dade County, Florida, one of the most demanding certifications in the world for manufacturers of windows and window frames. In 2014, we were awarded a contract from one of the largest real estate development firms in the United States to manufacture and supply windows for 10 multi-dwelling residential buildings to be constructed in South Florida for approximately $40 million.

 

ES has expanded its U.S. sales outside of the Florida market for windows, into the high-tech market for curtain walls, a product that is in high demand and represents a new trend in architecture, and floating facades. Due to the sophistication of these new products, ES believes that sales of curtain walls will generate higher margins as compared to traditional window frames from walls or floor to ceiling windows. Curtain walls produced by ES are composed of “high performance” materials that are produced by Alutions, the aluminum smelting plant, and Tecnoglass with state of the art technology.

 

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In 2014, we established two entities in South Florida, Tecno LLC and Tecno RE, to acquire manufacturing and warehousing facilities, customer lists and exclusive design permits in order to support sales growth in the United States. We will continue to manufacture our products at our facilities in Barranquilla, Colombia while performing select manufacturing and light assembly in the U.S. to enhance client service and create certain cost efficiencies.

 

In Panama, ES sells products primarily to companies participating in large construction projects in the most exclusive areas of Panama City. For example, ES products were supplied in the construction of the tallest building in Central and South America, The Point, as well as in the construction of other modern hotels in the region such as Megapolis and The Trump. Based on ES’s knowledge of the construction market in Central America, we believe that it has also entered into one of the highest value window supply contracts in the hotel industry in Central America for the Soho Plaza.

 

Competitive Strengths

 

Vertical Integration

 

We believe we are unique in vertically integrating the purchase of raw materials, the manufacture of glass and aluminum products and the subsequent production of customized glass and windows for architectural and industrial settings. By vertically integrating these functions, we are able to price our products competitively while maintaining strict quality control measures to guarantee the high quality of our products. Additionally, we benefit from significant advantages in efficiency and time-to-market for new or customized products. This vertically integrated model provides attractive margins with significant operating leverage.

 

Innovation

 

We have made significant investments in machinery and equipment in order to utilize the latest technology on our production lines, including a recently completed approximately $56.9 million capital investment in land, warehouses and state-of-the-art glass making equipment thereby expanding our manufacturing capacity. In August 2014, we entered into a contract to purchase equipment from Magnetron Sputter Vacuum Deposition to produce soft coated low emissivity glass as part of our improvements plan in 2015 and 2016. The investment for this project is estimated at $45 million for the equipment and facilities.

 

Additionally, we purchased two glass laminating and tempering furnaces that use new technologies to produce tempered glass with no distortion using air cushion technology and to produce curved glass in a broad range of easily modifiable curvatures.

 

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For certain of our products, we offer DuPont Sentryglass® laminated glass interlayers which are recognized as industry-leading laminated glass solutions with five times the resistance strength of other materials available on the market. We also use a laminator and jumbo tempering oven capable of producing extra-large slabs of laminated glass which are sought after in the high-end window market. These investments in machinery and equipment, together with our highly trained labor force, allow us to offer state-of-the-art custom designed products quickly modified to meet customer demands. We also have a staff of specialists dedicated to product design in order to meet customer specifications.

 

Superior Customer Service

 

In addition to manufacturing high quality products, our value proposition to our customers is based on industry-leading lead times, on-time delivery and superior after-sale support. Through the coordinated efforts of our sales teams, product specialists, and field service teams, we deliver high quality service to our customers, from the time the initial order is placed through the delivery and installation of our products. By providing an efficient flow of product from order through delivery, our manufacturing processes allow us to deliver made-to-order products consistently on time, which we believe is an important competitive strength.

 

Management Experience

 

José Daes, our chief executive officer, and Christian Daes, our chief operating officer, have more than 30 and 20 years of industry experience, respectively. In addition, our executive management teams have worked together for many years at our operating subsidiaries. This long tenure in the industry, and as a team, has enabled our management to build significant relationships with both clients and field level management. We believe that these relationships, coupled with management’s strong technical expertise, create a significant competitive advantage.

 

Location

 

Our headquarters and principal manufacturing facilities are located in Barranquilla, Colombia, which is strategically located near three major ports in Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta. These ports, which are only two hours’ drive from each other, provide us with sea access to all major markets globally.

 

High Barriers to Entry

 

Entry into many of the markets that we serve is limited due to the technical certifications required on high specification building projects. Our success is due in large part to the breadth of our product offering and our reputation for delivering high quality, made-to-order architectural glass on time. These factors are required to compete successfully for multimillion dollar projects typical of our business. Given the vertically-integrated nature of our operations, including the aluminum extrusion products provided by Tecnoglass, there is a more limited set of competitors and entry into these markets. In addition, the equipment needed to operate in the glass and window industry is expensive, requiring a significant upfront capital investment.

 

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Competitive pricing

 

We offer our customers highly competitive prices due to efficiencies realized from vertical integration and low labor costs. These competitive advantages allow us great flexibility in pricing their components to be competitive in a variety of markets.

 

Strategy

 

We have identified the following items that we believe are important in advancing our business:

 

Continued investments in machinery and equipment with state-of-the-art technology

 

We have made investments of approximately $94.5 million since 2013, including $56.9 million in 2014 in state-of-the-art glass making equipment, the installation of new laminating lines, high-volume insulating equipment, a new aluminum extrusion press with the capacity for an additional one thousand tons per month, a new paint line with the capacity to treat one million pounds of aluminum per month, and a new aluminum foundry.

 

Development of additional high value products

 

We have a demonstrated track record of developing new products and will continue to focus on capitalizing on new product opportunities in the future. We constantly identify shifting global trends and growing marketplace needs, and design proposals to meet those needs. A feasibility and tuning program, including testing at specialized laboratories in the U.S., is carried out before marketing a new product. In 2014 we started producing architectural systems that integrate LED lighting allowing the façade of the building to display different colors and patterns.

 

Additionally, we are in the process of implementing new technologies to produce tempered glass that offers notably more transparency with significantly less distortion than industry standard using air cushion technology, as well as new technology used to produce curved glass in a broad range of easily modifiable curvatures.

 

Manufacture the highest quality products in the market through a rigorous quality assurance program

 

Our plants are organized internally by processes, each of which is independently and continually supervised by the Quality Assurance department. The Quality Assurance department maintains rigorous oversight over energy, water, recyclable waste and process optimization indicators, in order to produce high quality sustainable products. Approximately 30% of all our waste is recycled.

 

Continued vertical integration provides margin enhancement

 

We benefit from operating together under a combined facility, providing advantages in meeting customer and market needs and managing costs. By continuing to expand our degree of vertical integration, we can further enhance productivity, create cost efficiencies and increase operating margins.

 

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Leverage strength in Colombia market to further penetrate Latin America

 

With a strong base in Colombia, we have already successfully expanded into nearby geographies. Our glass products are featured in major construction projects in Argentina, Aruba, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico. As the construction market throughout Latin America grows, we are positioned to capture new growth in the markets we have currently penetrated, as well as in new high growth countries.

 

Leverage strength in Florida market to further penetrate U.S.

 

We believe we have an established and leading presence in the Florida construction market as providers of high value, impact-resistant glass products. ES’s hurricane-proof products are certified in compliance with the stringent requirements of hurricane-proof windows in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations. With a quality of product proven by our success and compliance in the impact-resistant market, we have successfully entered the U.S. remodeling and replacement parts market. In addition, we have the opportunity to grow geographically in the U.S., particularly into other coastal markets on the East Coast which are affected by hurricanes, significant temperature fluctuations and other extreme weather.

 

Maintain fast and reliable delivery to customers due to strategic location

 

From the Port of Barranquilla, products can be transported to Panama by air in one hour and to Houston and Miami within two hours, within two days by sea to Panama and within four days by sea to Houston and Miami.

 

Penetrate additional markets

 

With a strong base in Colombia and Florida, we will seek to expand into further geographies, such as Asia and Europe. We believe the centralized location of the Port of Barranquilla will aid in our expanding into such new markets.

 

Products


TG manufactures and sells the following products:

 

Laminated/Thermo-Laminated Glass — produced by bonding two glass sheets with an intermediate film in-between. As a safety feature, this product fractures into small pieces if it breaks

 

Thermo-Acoustic Glass — manufactured with two or more glass sheets separated by an aluminum or micro-perforated steel profile. This product has a double-seal system that ensures the unit’s tightness, buffering noise and improving thermal control. This product serves as an excellent noise barrier, which is used especially in zones close to airports, traffic or wherever there are unpleasant sounds.

 

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Tempered Glass — glass subject to a tempering process through elevated temperatures resulting in greater superficial elasticity and resistance than conventional glass.

 

Silk-Screened Glass — special paint is applied to glass using automatic machinery and numerical control which ensures paint homogeneity and an excellent finish.

 

Curved Glass — produced by bending a flat glass sheet over a mold, using an automated heat process, which maintains the glass’ physical properties.

 

Digital Print Glass — digital printing allows any kind of appearance required by the client, offering versatility to projects.

 

TG’s aluminum products sold through its Alutions brand include bars, plates, profiles, rods and tubes used primarily in the manufacture of architectural glass settings including windows, doors, spatial separators and similar products.

 

ES manufactures and sells the following products:

 

Floating facades — act as a window screen hanging outside a building and are available in many technical specifications and profiles to define colors, thickness, glass types and finishes, and types of ventilation and design complements.

 

Windows and Doors — line of window and door products defined by the different types of glass finish, such as normal, impact resistant, hurricane-proof, safety, soundproof and thermal. Additionally, they are available in numerous structures, including fixed body, sliding windows, projecting windows, guillotine windows, sliding doors and swinging doors.

 

Commercial display windows — commercial and interior display windows with a broad range of profiles, colors and crystal finishes. Products combine functionality, aesthetics and elegance and are available in a broad range of structures and materials.

 

Hurricane-proof windows — combine heavy-duty aluminum or vinyl frames with special laminated glass to provide protection from hurricane-force winds up to 180 mph and wind-borne debris by maintaining their structural integrity and preventing penetration by impacting objects.

 

Automatic doors — exclusive representative in Colombia of Horton Automatics, a manufacturer of automatic doors including glass window systems.

 

Bathroom dividers — bathroom cubicle division systems, formed by combining glass panels, frames and doors.

 

Other — photovoltaic structures and other components of architectural systems.

 

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Brands and Trademarks

 

Our brands include Tecnoglass, ES Windows and Alutions. Our registered trademarks include “Alutions by Tecnoglass” with the accompanying logo and “Alutions”. Tecnoglass and ES Windows are not registered as trademarks by us.

 

Sales, Marketing and Customer Service

 

Sales and marketing

 

Our sales strategy primarily focuses on attracting and retaining customers by consistently providing exceptional customer service, leading product quality, and competitive pricing. Our customers also value their shorter lead times, knowledge of building code requirements and technical expertise, which collectively generate significant customer loyalty. Our products are marketed using a combination of their internal sales representatives and independent sales representatives and directly to distributors. Our internal sales representatives receive performance-based compensation based on sales and profitability metrics. We primarily market our products based on product quality, outstanding service, shorter lead times and on-time delivery.

 

Customer Service

 

We believe that our ability to provide customers outstanding service quality serves as a strong competitive differentiator. Our customer relationships are established and maintained through the coordinated efforts of our sales and production teams. We employ a team of highly seasoned professionals devoted to addressing customer support with the goal of resolving any issue in a timely manner. In order to promote customer loyalty and employee development, we developed ES Windows University with the primary objectives of training employees to be aware of client and supplier needs and familiarizing them with our strategic goals in order to improve the competitiveness, productivity and quality of all products and services offered.

 

Working Capital Requirements

 

Trade accounts receivable is the largest component of working capital, including receivables relating to contractual retention amounts that can be outstanding throughout the project duration for large-scale architectural projects. Our inventory requirements are not significant since our products are made-to-order rather than build-to-stock. As a result, inventory levels follow customer demand for products produced.

 

Customers

 

Our customers include architects, building owners, general contractors and glazing subcontractors in the commercial construction market. We have over 800 customers. Of our 200 most representative customers, about 24% are located in North America, 13% in Central America and the Caribbean, and 63% in South America. Excluding revenue from related parties, only one customer accounted for more than 10% or more of our net sales during 2014 or 2013 with 14% of sales during 2014.

 

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Materials and Suppliers

 

Our primary manufacturing materials include glass, ionoplast, polyvinyl butyral, and aluminum and vinyl extrusions. Although in some instances we have agreements with our suppliers, these agreements are generally terminable by us or the supplier counterparties on limited notice. Typically, all of our materials are readily available from a number of sources, and no supplier delays or shortages are anticipated.

 

We source raw materials and glass necessary to manufacture our products from a variety of domestic and foreign suppliers. For the year ended December 31, 2014, no single supplier accounted for more than 10% of total raw material purchases.

 

Warranties

 

We offer product warranties which we believe are competitive for the markets in which our products are sold. The nature and extent of these warranties depend upon the product. Our standard warranties are generally from five to ten years for architectural glass, curtain wall, laminated and tempered glass, window and door products. Warranties are not priced or sold separately and do not provide the customer with services or coverages in addition to the assurance that the product complies with original agreed-upon specifications. In the event of a claim against a product for which we have received a warranty from the supplier, we transfer the claim back to the supplier.

 

Certifications

 

Among our many designations and certifications, Tecnoglass has earned the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance (“NOA”), one of the most demanding certificates in the industry and a requirement to market hurricane-resistant glass in Florida. Tecnoglass’s products comply with Miami-Dade county’s safety code standards as its laminated anti-hurricane glass resists impact, pressure, water and wind. Tecnoglass is also the only company in Latin America authorized by PPG Industries and Guardian Industries to manufacture floating glass facades.

 

Our subsidiaries have received a number of other certifications from other national and international standard-setting bodies.

 

Tecnoglass Certifications include:

· NTC-1578
· ASTM E774 1997
· ISO 9001: 2008 Certificate of Quality Assurance
· ISO 14001: 2004 Certificate of Environmental Management
· Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC) for tempered and laminated glass: ANZI
· Z97 1-2004
· International Glass Certification Council (IGCC) for insulated glass: ASTM E774 – 97
· Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) certified supplier

 

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· Member of ACOLVISE (Colombia Association of Safety Glass Transformers)

 

ES Certifications include:

 

· NTC-ISO 9001: 2008 Certificate of Quality Assurance
· NTC-ISO 14001: 2004 Certificate of Environmental Management
· Member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
· Complies with Miami-Dade County’s stringent safety code regulations for hurricane-proof windows  

 

Competitors

 

We have local competitors in Colombia as well as competitors in the markets internationally, in each of the glass, aluminum and finished products sectors. Glass Tecnologia en Vidrios y Ventanas S.A., Arquicentro S.A. , Aluminum Estructural S.A. and Ventanar Ltda, compete with us in the finished products market in Colombia. Apogee Enterprises, Inc., PGT, Inc. and WinDoor Inc. compete with us in the U.S. finished products market. Golden Glass Security, Vid-plex Universal S.A., Aluace Ltda and Laminados y Blindados compete with us locally in the glass and aluminum markets. Oldcastle, Inc., Trulite Inc., and PRL Glass Systems are among others that compete with us in the U.S. glass and aluminum products markets.  

 

The key factors on which we and our competitors compete for business include: quality, price and reputation, breadth of products and service offerings, and production speed. We face intense competition from both smaller and larger market players who compete against us in our various markets including glass, window and aluminum manufacturing.

 

The principal methods of competition in the window and door industry are the development of long-term relationships with window and door distributors and dealers, and the retention of customers by delivering a full range of high-quality customized products on demand with short turnaround times while offering competitive pricing. The vertical integration of our operations, our geographic scope, low labor costs and economies of scale have helped our subsidiaries consolidate their leading position in Colombia and bolstered their expansion in the U.S. and other foreign markets.

 

Sales and Marketing

 

We employ a limited number of in-house sales employees. Most of our sales and marketing efforts are handled by area sales representatives who work on a commission basis.

 

We do not rely on significant traditional advertising expenditures to drive net sales. We have established and maintain credibility primarily through the strength of our products, our customer service and quality assurance, the speed at which we deliver finished products and the attractiveness of our pricing. Our advertising expenditures consist primarily of maintaining our subsidiaries’ websites.

 

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Backlog  

 

We had combined outstanding orders of $280 million as of December 31, 2014 as compared to $120 million as of December 31, 2013. The backlog as of December 31, 2014 is expected to be filled during the current fiscal year. We do not believe that backlog is indicative of our future results of operations or prospects. Although we seek commitments from customers well in advance of shipment dates, actual confirmed orders are typically not received until close to the required shipment dates.

 

Government Regulations

 

We are subject to extensive and varied federal, state and local government regulation in the jurisdictions in which we operate, including laws and regulations relating to our relationships with our employees, public health and safety and fire codes. Additionally, certain of the jurisdictions in which we operate require that installation of doors and windows be approved by competent authorities that grant distribution licenses.

 

Although our business and facilities are subject to federal, state and local environmental regulation, environmental regulation does not have a material impact on our operations.

 

Research and Development

 

During the years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we spent approximately $1.3 and $1.7 million, respectively, in research and development.

 

Our commercial ally and related party in the United States, ES Windows LLC, bears significant costs related to the development of new products, since they pay for the external tests that need to be performed on our products in order to comply with strict building codes. ESWindows LLC is fully permitted to commercialize hurricane windows in the Miami-Dade County, Florida, which has one of the most demanding certifications in the world of window frames.

 

Employees

 

As of December 31, 2014, we had a total of 3,412 employees, with 2,267 employed by ES and 1,145 employed by Tecnoglass, none of whom is represented by a union. Most of our employees are hired through seven temporary staffing companies and are employed under one-year fixed-term employment contracts. Management believes it has good relations with our employees. We provide ongoing training programs to our employees through the self-established E.S. Windows University.

 

Company History

 

We were formed under the name “Andina Acquisition Corporation” as an exempted company incorporated in the Cayman Islands on September 21, 2011 in order to effect a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities.

 

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In March, 2012, we closed our IPO of 4,200,000 units, with each unit consisting of one ordinary share and one warrant to purchase one ordinary share at an exercise price of $8.00 per share, at an offering price of $10.00 per unit, generating total gross proceeds of $42,000,000. Simultaneously with the consummation of the IPO, we consummated a private placement of 4,800,000 warrants (“private warrants”) at a price of $0.50 per warrant and, to the underwriters, options to purchase an aggregate of 900,000 units at a price of $500,100, generating total proceeds of $2,900,100. After deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and the offering expenses, the total net proceeds to us were $43,163,000 of which $42,740,000 was deposited into a trust account. The remaining proceeds of $423,000 became available to be used as working capital to provide for business, legal and accounting due diligence on prospective business combinations and continuing general and administrative expenses. The IPO was conducted pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (Reg. No. 333-178061), that became effective on March 16, 2012.

 

From the consummation of our IPO until August 17, 2013, we were searching for a suitable target business to acquire. On August 17, 2013, we entered into an agreement and plan of reorganization, pursuant to which agreement, as amended, we acquired Tecnoglass Holding, Tecnoglass and ES as direct and indirect subsidiaries. On December 20, 2013, we held an extraordinary general meeting of our shareholders, at which our shareholders approved the Merger and other related proposals. On the same date, we closed the Merger and Tecnoglass Holding and its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tecnoglass and ES, became our direct and indirect subsidiaries.

 

Tecnoglass Holding is a corporation formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands that was founded in 2014 in connection with the Merger. Tecnoglass is a corporation formed under the laws of Colombia that was founded in 1994 by Jose M. Daes, our Chief Executive Officer, and Christian T. Daes, our Chief Operating Officer. ES is a corporation formed under the laws of Colombia that was founded in 1984 by Jose M. Daes and Christian T. Daes.

 

At the closing of the Merger, 2,251,853 of the 4,200,000 public shares sold in our IPO were converted to cash at a conversion price of approximately $10.18 per share, or an aggregate of approximately $22.9 million of the approximately $42.7 million held in the trust account. As consideration for the Merger, we issued Energy Holding Corp., a holding company and sole shareholder of Tecnoglass Holding, of which former shareholders of Tecnoglass and ES are the sole shareholders, an aggregate of 20,567,141 ordinary shares, or approximately 87% of the outstanding ordinary shares. Pursuant to the agreement and plan of reorganization, we also issued to Energy Holding Corp. an additional 500,000 ordinary shares upon the achievement of specified EBITDA targets in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Additionally, Energy Holding Corp. also has the contractual right to receive an additional 2,500,000 ordinary shares, to be released upon the attainment of specified share price targets or targets based on our EBITDA in the fiscal years ending December 31, 2015 or 2016.

 

In connection with the Merger, we changed our name to “Tecnoglass Inc.” We also changed our fiscal year end from February 28 th to December 31 st in order to coincide with the fiscal year end of Tecnoglass Holding and its subsidiaries.

 

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In 2014, we established two entities in South Florida, Tecno LLC and Tecno RE, to acquire manufacturing and sales-related assets to support sales and customer service in the United States.

 

Additional Information About the Company

 

We maintain websites for our subsidiaries, TG and ES, which can be found at www.tecnoglass.com and www.energiasolarsa.com, respectively. Although we do not have a website dedicated to Tecnoglass Inc., the corporate filings of Tecnoglass Inc., including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, our proxy statements and reports filed by our executive officers and directors under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, and any amendments to those filings, are available free of charge on the Investor Relations page of each of the subsidiary websites, which are updated as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file (or furnish in certain cases) such material with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend for information contained in either subsidiary website, including the Investor Relations pages, to be a part of this Form 10-K.

 

We are an “emerging growth company,” as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act), and are eligible to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies. However, we have irrevocably opted not to take advantage of one such exemption which would have allowed us an extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards. We are, and will continue to be, subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

 

We could remain an emerging growth company until the last day of our fiscal year following March 22, 2017 (the fifth anniversary of the consummation of our initial public offering). However, if our non-convertible debt issued within a three-year period or our total revenues exceed $1 billion or the market value of our ordinary shares that are held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million on the last day of the second fiscal quarter of any given fiscal year, we would cease to be an emerging growth company as of the following fiscal year.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

Not Applicable.

 

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Item 2.          Properties.

 

We own and operate a 2.3 million square foot manufacturing complex located in Barranquilla, Colombia. This manufacturing campus houses a glass production plant, aluminum plant and window and facade assembly plant. The glass plant has four lamination machines with independent assembly rooms, six specialized tempering furnaces and glass molding furnaces, a computer numerical-controlled profile bending machine, as well as five silk-screening machines. The Alutions plant has an effective installed capacity of 1,000 tons per month and can create a variety of shapes and forms for windows, doors and related products. We also own three natural gas power generation plants with a capacity of 1,750 kilowatts each which supply the electricity requirements of the entire manufacturing complex and are supported by three emergency generators.

 

In December 2014, we acquired a 160,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The facility houses manufacturing and assembly equipment, warehouse space, and administrative and sales offices.

 

We believe that our existing properties are adequate for the current operating requirements of our business and that additional space will be available as needed.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

TG is a named defendant in In the matter of Diplomat Properties, Limited Partnership as assignee of Shower Concepts, Inc. v. Tecnoglass Colombia, S.A. et al., Case No. CACE 11-02811(09), 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida. Plaintiff Diplomat Properties, Limited (“Diplomat”) has asserted a claim for indemnification against TG and Tecnoglass USA, a related party. The claim arises from the supplying of glass shower doors to a hotel/spa in Broward County, Florida. Specifically, in 2006, Diplomat commenced arbitration against Shower Concepts, Inc. seeking damages for breach of contract due to fractures in the installed glass shower doors. The claim was based upon a contract between Diplomat and Shower Concepts for the sale and installation of glass shower and bath doors to be used by Diplomat in hotel that it owned. Shower Concepts chose not to defend against the breach of contract claim and in 2007, the arbitrator rendered an award in the amount of approximately $2 million in favor of Diplomat and against Shower Concepts. The award was confirmed by the Circuit Court and, on July 23, 2008, a final judgment for breach of contract was entered against Shower Concepts. No appeal of the decision was made. On August 11, 2009, Shower Concepts assigned its rights under the contract to Diplomat. On November 9, 2011, Diplomat initiated the underlying action against the Tecnoglass entities and co-defendant, Guardian Industries Corp. The complaint asserted various claims which were dismissed with prejudice. The only remaining claim against the Tecnoglass entities is common law indemnification. TG denies liability and asserts that Shower Concepts was at fault and that as a joint tortfeasor, it cannot sue for indemnity. A trial date has not yet been set for this case.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not Applicable.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

Market Information

 

Currently, our ordinary shares are listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol TGLS, and our warrants are quoted on the OTCQB marketplace under the symbol TGLSW.

 

Until January 2014, our warrants were listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Prior to the Merger, the trading symbols of our ordinary shares and warrants were ANDA and ANDAW, respectively. From March 2012 through November 2013, our units, sold in our IPO and described elsewhere in this Form 10-K, were traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol ANDAU. However, as a condition to the Merger, we separated the units into their component securities (one ordinary share and one warrant) on a mandatory basis and the units ceased public trading.

 

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The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices for our ordinary shares and warrants for the periods indicated since our ordinary shares and warrants commenced trading on May 10, 2012.

 

    Ordinary
Shares
    Warrants  
Period*   High     Low     High     Low  
                         
Fiscal 2015:                                
First Quarter**   $ 10.73     $ 9.70     $ 2.75     $ 2.32  
                                 
Fiscal 2014:                                
Fourth Quarter   $ 12.00     $ 9.80     $ 3.44     $ 2.10  
Third Quarter   $ 12.29     $ 10.70     $ 4.15     $ 3.06  
Second Quarter   $ 15.00     $ 10.20     $ 4.85     $ 2.20  
First Quarter   $ 11.15     $ 8.50     $ 2.95     $ 1.08  
                                 
Fiscal 2013:                                
Fourth Quarter   $ 10.40     $ 8.15     $ 1.45     $ 0.45  
Third Quarter   $ 10.23     $ 9.93     $ 0.60     $ 0.18  
Second Quarter   $ 10.00     $ 9.90     $ 0.25     $ 0.15  
First Quarter   $ 10.00     $ 9.87     $ 0.27     $ 0.13  

 

 

* Prior to consummation of the Merger, our fiscal year end was February 28 th . We changed our fiscal year end to December 31 st in connection with the Merger and all periods are stated on a December 31 st year end.

** Through March 20, 2015.

 

Holders

 

As of March 20, 2015, there were 319 holders of record of our ordinary shares and 19 holders of record of our warrants.

 

Dividends

 

We have not paid any dividends on our ordinary shares to date. On April 14, 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the payment of regular quarterly dividends to holders of its ordinary shares at a quarterly rate of $0.125 per share (or $0.50 per share on an annual basis). The Board of Directors also approved an Exchange Offer to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding warrants in exchange for ordinary shares of the Company at conversion ratio of three warrants in exchange for one ordinary share. The Exchange Offer will remain open for a period of 30 days once exchange documentation is sent to warrant holders and the first quarterly dividend payment will be made to shareholders of record 15 days after the end of the Exchange Offer.

  

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Purchases of Equity Securities by Issuer and Affiliates

 

No purchases of our equity securities have been made by us or affiliated purchasers within the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

   

The following discussion of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and notes to those statements included in this Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Please see the section entitled “Forward-Looking Statements and Introduction” in this Form 10-K.

 

Overview

 

We are a holding company operating through our indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries: TG, which manufactures, transforms, markets and exports a variety of glass products since 1994 and established the Alutions plant in 2007 for aluminum products, and ES, a leader in the production of high-end windows and architectural glass systems. We have more than 30 years’ experience in the glass and aluminum structure assembly market in Colombia.

 

We manufacture hi-specification architectural glass and windows for the global residential and commercial construction industries. Currently we offer design, production, marketing, and installation of architectural systems for buildings of high, medium and low elevation size. Products include windows and doors in glass and aluminum, floating façades, office partitions and interior divisions, and commercial window showcases.

 

In recent years, we have expanded our US sales outside of the Florida market, entering into high-tech markets for curtain walls, obtaining a niche market access since this product is in high demand and marks a new trend in architecture. This product is a very sophisticated product and therefore garners high margins for us. These products involve high performance materials that are produced by Alutions and TG with state of the art technology.

 

In Panama, ES sells products primarily to companies participating in large construction projects in the most exclusive areas of the city. For example, ES products were supplied in the construction of the tallest building in Central and South America, The Point, as well as in the construction of the most modern hotels in the region such as Megapolis and The Trump. Based on ES’s knowledge of the construction market in Central America, ES has entered into one of the highest value window supply contracts in the hotel industry in Central America for the Soho Plaza.

 

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How We Generate Revenue

 

TG manufactures both glass and aluminum products. Its glass products include tempered glass, laminated glass, thermo-acoustic glass, curved glass, silk-screened glass, and digital print glass as well as mill finished, anodized, painted aluminum profiles and produces rods, tubes, bars and plates. 

 

Window production lines are defined depending on the different types of windows: normal, impact resistant, hurricane-proof, safety, soundproof and thermal. ES produces fixed body, sliding windows, projecting windows, guillotine windows, sliding doors and swinging doors. ES produces façade products which include: floating facades, automatic doors, bathroom dividers and commercial display windows.

 

TG sells to over 300 customers using several sales teams based out of Colombia to specifically target regional markets in South, Central and North America. TG has sales representatives in the United States to address that market specifically. In addition, TG has approximately 10 free-lance sales representatives in North America.

 

ES sells its products through four main offices/sales teams based out of Colombia, Panama and the US. The Colombia sales team is our largest sales group, which has deep contacts throughout the construction industry. The Colombia sales team markets both ES’s products as well as installation services. The Peruvian office is responsible for South American sales, excluding Colombia. Its sales forces in Panama and the US are not via subsidiaries but arms-length agreements with sales representatives. ES has two types of sales operations: Contract sales, which are the high-dollar, specifically-tailored customer projects; and Standard Form Sales.

 

Liquidity and Cash Flow

 

During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, $4.8 million and $10.7 million, respectively, were used and generated from operations, respectively, and $9.2 million and $8.4 million were generated from debt.

 

As of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $15.9 million and $2.9 million, respectively. The change is due to the receipt in January 2014 of approximately $22.5 million in proceeds from the reverse merger and stock subscription agreement in December 2013, and receipt of $1.8 million in new equity investment from stock subscriptions and investors’ exercise of our warrants.   We have been using these funds to finance working capital to leverage our growth in operations.

 

We expect that cash flow from operations, proceeds from borrowings under our lines of credit, and the proceeds from the 2013 Merger will be our primary sources of liquidity and will be sufficient to fund our cash requirements for the next twelve months.

 

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Additionally, until the redemption of certain warrants and unit purchase options or their expiration in December 2016, we could receive up to $89.4 million from the exercise of warrants and unit purchase options comprised of: up to $40 million upon the exercise of all of the insider warrants and working capital warrants, up to $9.4 million upon the exercise of the unit purchase options, up to $7.2 million upon the exercise of the warrants underlying such unit purchase options and up to $32.8 million upon the exercise of the warrants issued in our IPO. As of December 31, 2014, 102,570 warrants have been exercised for proceeds of $0.8 million.

 

Capital Resources

 

We transform glass and aluminum into high specification architectural glass which requires significant investments in state of the art technology. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, we made investments primarily in building and construction, and machinery and equipment in the amount of $56.9 million and $37.7 million, respectively.

 

In August 2014, we entered into a contract to purchase equipment from Magnetron Sputter Vacuum Deposition to produce soft coated low emissivity glass as part of our improvements plan in 2015 and 2016. The investment for this project is estimated at $45 million for the equipment and facilities, to be financed primarily with a credit facility with an export credit guarantee by the German Federal Government.

 

In June 2014, we acquired selected assets of RC Aluminum Industries, Inc. (“RC Aluminum”) for $2.0 million. RC Aluminum designs, manufactures and installs glass products for architects, designers, developers and general contractors. The primary assets acquired include approximately $70 million in RC Aluminum backlog for high-rise projects in South Florida, the right to complete a number of RC Aluminum’s contracted projects with an estimated value of approximately $12 million, and Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance (NOA) for more than 50 products manufactured and sold by RC Aluminum.

 

In December 2014, we acquired assets of Glasswall, LLC, a Miami, Florida-based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and door systems used in high-rise commercial and residential buildings. As part of the transaction, we acquired a 160,000 square foot warehouse / manufacturing / office facility in Miami, manufacturing and assembly equipment, and Miami-Dade NOAs for products manufactured and sold by Glasswall. The Company did not acquire any equity interest in Glasswall. Total consideration consisted of $4.0 million in our stock and $5.0 million in cash financed in part by a 15-year, $3.9 million term loan that we secured to acquire the facilities. At December 31, 2014 the Company is still assessing the accounting and allocation of the purchase price related to this transaction.

 

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Results of Operations

 

    For the Years ended  
    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Net operating revenues   $ 197,452     $ 183,294  
Cost of sales     136,021       127,875  
Operating expenses                
Selling expenses     17,872       17,287  
Administrative expenses     16,327       10,862  
Total operating expenses     34,199       28,149  
Operating income     27,232       27,270  
Non-operating revenues and expenses (net)     1,624       3,738  
Income tax provision     8,538       8,696  
Net income (loss)   $ 20,318     $ 22,312  

 

Comparison of years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013

 

Revenues

 

Our net operating revenues increased from $183.3 million in 2013 to $197.5 million in 2014, or 7.7%. The increase mostly was driven by planning strategies designed to increase participation in the U.S. market.

 

The increase is partially due to high quality, reliability, and competitive prices which allowed us to further penetrate our existing markets. Sales in the U.S. market accounted for a $34.9 million increase, which represents 52%. The increase is also partially due to a diversification of markets within the country since our sales in the U.S. have historically been in the South Florida region where sales continue to increase significantly, but is now also expanding to other regions of the United States. Sales to other markets outside Colombia increased by about $1.2 million, or 7.9%. Sales in Colombia decreased by $21.7 million, which represents a 21% decrease between the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2014.   We believe the decrease in sales in the Colombian market is primarily due to a transition stage between large projects ending and delays in projects that will start in 2015.

 

Our total backlog at December 31, 2014 was $280  million, compared with $120 million at December 31, 2013. Backlog represents the dollar amount of revenues we expect to recognize in the future from contracts or received orders, as well as those that are in progress. Backlog is not a term defined under generally accepted accounting principles and is not a measure of contract profitability. We include a project within our backlog at the time a signed contract or a firm purchase order is received.

 

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Our backlog is comprised mostly of ES’ contract sales for projects that can last up to several years until completion. Our backlog at December 31, 2014 increased from December 31, 2013 as a result of contact awards and business growth, primarily in U.S. markets. We do not believe that backlog is indicative of our future results of operations or prospects.  

 

Margins

 

Sales margins increased from 30.2% to 31.1% between the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively. Cost of raw materials increased 3.1%, significantly below the sales growth at about 7.7%. We believe this is the result of a higher degree of vertical integration as intercompany sales increased from 22% of total consolidated sales during the year ended December 31, 2013 to 27% during the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Improvement in margin by raw materials was offset with a spike in the cost of labor and shipping charges. The number of employees in production and installation increased by 27% during the year ended December 31, 2014 as we prepare to continue growing and new employees need to undergo extensive training before becoming fully productive.

 

Expenses

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses increased 21.5%, or $6.0 million, from the year ended December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2014. A significant increase in administrative expenses arose as a result of our merger in December 2013 which has required increased spending in accounting and audit services as well as consultants and personnel for the new reporting standards. Additionally, our Colombian subsidiaries had to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and incurred significant expenses for software upgrades, personnel training and consulting services.

 

Interest Expense

 

Between the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, interest expense increased by $1.0 million, or approximately 13%, from $7.9 million to $8.9 million in line with the increase in total debt.

 

Change in Fair Value of Warrants

 

We incurred a non-cash, non-operating loss of $1.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2014 due to the increase in the fair value of our warrants relative to their fair value at December 31, 2013. The fair value of the warrants changes in response to market factors not controlled by us such as the market price of our shares and the volatility index of comparable companies. There are no income tax effects of this warrant liability due to our company being registered in the Cayman Islands. Management does not consider the effects of the change in the fair value of the warrants to be indicative of our results of operations. 

 

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as of December 31, 2014.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

Future contractual obligations represent an impact to future cash flows as shown in the table for the period ended December 31, 2014:

 

    Payments Due by Period  
Contractual Obligations   TOTAL     Less
than
1 year
    1-3
years
    3-5
years
    More than
5 years
 
Long Term Debt Obligations     39,835       12,243       18,228       5,985       3,379  
Capital Lease Obligations     15,505       3,824       6,034       2,507       3,140  
Total     55,340       16,067       24,261       8,493       6,519  

 

The above financial liabilities do not include future interest to be paid on this debt as such rates are variable. The average interest rate is approximately 9.4% and 9.5% per annum for long term debt and capital lease obligations respectively, and can vary up or down in accordance with money market rates in Colombia.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires that management make significant estimates and assumptions that affect the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and other related amounts during the periods covered by the financial statements. Management routinely makes judgments and estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. As the number of variables and assumptions affecting the future resolution of the uncertainties increases, these judgments become more subjective and complex. We have identified the following accounting policies as the most important to the portrayal of our current financial condition and results of operations.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Our principal sources of revenue are derived from product sales of manufactured glass and aluminum products.

 

Revenues from fixed price contracts are recognized using the percentage-of-completion method, measured by the percentage of costs incurred to date to total estimated costs for each contract. Revenues recognized in advance of amounts billable pursuant to contracts terms are recorded as unbilled receivables on uncompleted contracts based on work performed and costs to date. Unbilled receivables on uncompleted contracts are billable upon various events, including the attainment of performance milestones, delivery of product and/or services, or completion of the contract. Revisions to cost estimates as contracts progress have the effect of increasing or decreasing expected profits each period. Changes in contract estimates occur for a variety of reasons, including changes in contract scope, estimated revenue and cost estimates.

 

Estimation of Fair Value of warrant liability

 

The best evidence of fair value is current prices in an active market for similar financial instruments. We determine the fair value of warrant liability by the Company using the Binomial Lattice pricing model. This model is dependent upon several variables such as the instrument’s expected term, expected strike price, expected risk-free interest rate over the expected instrument term, the expected dividend yield rate over the expected instrument term and the expected volatility of the Company’s stock price over the expected term. The expected term represents the period of time that the instruments granted are expected to be outstanding. The expected strike price is based upon a weighted average probability analysis of the strike price changes expected during the term as a result of the down round protection. The risk-free rates are based on U.S. Treasury securities with similar maturities as the expected terms of the options at the date of valuation. Expected dividend yield is based on historical trends. The Company measures volatility using a blended weighted average of the volatility rates for a number of similar publicly-traded companies. The inputs to the model were stock price, dividend yield, risk-free rate, expected term and volatility.

In general, the inputs used are unobservable; therefore unless indicated otherwise, warrant liability is classified as level 3 under guidance for fair value measurements hierarchy.

 

Derivative Financial Instruments

 

We conduct interest rate swap (IRS) transaction with key non-related financial entities to reduce the effect of interest rate fluctuations as economic hedges against interest rate risk. We have designated this derivatives at fair value and the accounting for changes is recorded in Income statement. The inputs used are similar to the prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets directly or indirectly through market corroboration; therefore unless indicated otherwise, warrant liability is classified as level 2 under guidance for fair value measurements hierarchy.

 

Income taxes

The Company is subject to income taxes in some jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining the worldwide provision for income taxes. There are many transactions and calculations for which the ultimate tax determination is uncertain. The Company recognizes liabilities for anticipated tax audit issues based on estimates of whether additional taxes will be due. Where the final tax outcome of these matters is different from the amounts that were initially recorded, such differences will impact the current and deferred income tax assets and liabilities in the period in which such determination is made.

 

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

This information appears following Item 15 of this Report and is included herein by reference.

 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures.

 

Effective December 30, 2014, we dismissed Marcum LLP (“Marcum”) as our independent registered public accountants and engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltda. (“PWC”) as our new independent registered public accountants. The decision was approved by our Audit Committee.

 

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Marcum’s report on our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles. As disclosed in Item 9A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, our management and board of directors identified certain matters that constituted material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, and such weaknesses were advised by Marcum.

 

During our fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 and the subsequent interim period preceding Marcum’s dismissal, there were no disagreements within the meaning of Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K, with Marcum on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Marcum, would have caused Marcum to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its report on our consolidated financial statements.

 

Except for the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting as described above, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 and the subsequent interim period preceding Marcum’s dismissal, there were no “reportable events” (as described in paragraph 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).

 

During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 and the interim period preceding the engagement of PWC, we had not consulted with PWC regarding either: (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on our financial statements; or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement or reportable event identified in paragraph (a)(1)(iv) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K.

 

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We carried out an evaluation required by Rule 13a-15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of Tecnoglass, Inc. “disclosure controls and procedures” and “internal control over financial reporting” as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, because of the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting described below, our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 were not effective. Notwithstanding the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014 described below, we believe that the consolidated financial statements contained in this report present our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows for the fiscal years covered thereby in all material respects. To address the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting described below the Company performed additional manual procedures and analysis and other post-closing procedures in order to prepare the consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as that term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting considering certain aspects included in the Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) of 2013, taking into account the Company´s intention to comply with these requirements.

 

This Form 10-K does not include an attestation report of our independent registered certified public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered certified public accounting firm pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, and the rules of the SEC promulgated thereunder, which permit the Company to provide only management’s report in this Annual Report.

 

A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes policies and procedures that: (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company, (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company, and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

In accordance with the internal control reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, management, considering its intention to achieve high quality Internal Controls over Financial Reporting, used certain criteria set forth in the Internal Control-Integrated Framework by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) of 2013 to make its assessment. The COSO framework summarizes each of the components of a company’s internal control system, including the: (i) control environment, (ii) risk assessment, (iii) information and communication, and (iv) monitoring (collectively, the “entity-level controls”), as well as a company’s control activities (“process-level controls”).

 

Management’s evaluation of the design and operating effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting identified material weaknesses resulting from design and operating deficiencies in the internal control system. A “material weakness” is defined as a significant deficiency or combination of significant deficiencies, that results in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected. A “significant deficiency” is defined as a control deficiency, or combination of control deficiencies, that adversely affects the Company’s ability to initiate, authorize, record, process, or report external financial data reliably in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles such that there is more than a remote likelihood that a misstatement of the Company’s annual or interim financial statements that is more than inconsequential will not be prevented or detected.

 

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Management identified the following material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014:

 

· Financial Closing and Reporting Process - We have not established an adequate control system for the preparation and revelation of financial information related to the process of the identification, classification and nature of non-routine, unusual transactions, inclusive of significant related party transactions and for policies related to management evaluation of certain accounting estimates

 

Significant related party transactions require adequate and frequent reconciliation in order to determine the appropriate recording in the financial statements.

 

· Entity-Level Control - We have not established the proper design of Entity Level Controls which supports the effectiveness of the internal control of the financial reporting. Deficiencies in Entity Level Controls, will not assure the proper control environment for risk management and fraud.

  

Considering Information Technology General Controls (ITGC´s) are part of the Entity Level Control, we acknowledge that we have not established the design and effectiveness of these controls to prevent detect and correct errors or prevent frauds of the Information Technology.

 

· Revenue Accounting - We have not developed an adequate internal control that includes the validation sources of information of fixed price contracts, which is one of the parameter required to apply the Percentage of Completion (POC) method.

 

Management’s Actions to Remediate Material Weaknesses

 

Management took the following steps to remediate some material weaknesses:

 

· Increased by 50% the financial and reporting headcount department with the requisite background, education, English language and experience.

 

· Implemented procedures and controls that allowed a more accurate and reliable information related to revenue accounting such as projects information oversight and costs and sales prices updated recording.

 

· Implemented formal procedures for estimating valuation allowances for inventories and formal review processes which consist on using an ERP transaction that allows identifying the slow moving inventories and subsequent analyses are performed by the logistic department in order to determine obsolete inventories.

 

· Developed procedures that improved the interim and annual review and reconciliation process for certain key balance sheet accounts such as accounts receivable, inventories, property, plant and equipment, payables and debt.

 

· Designed a formal training and education program under USGAAP for our international finance and accounting personnel considering relevant topics according the company´s transactions (i.e. revenue recognition, inventories, long-lived assets, financial instruments, deferred taxes, hedge accounting, etc.).

 

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Management’s Plan to Remediate Material Weaknesses

 

Management will be taking the following steps to remediate the remaining material weaknesses as follows:

 

· Continue structuring internal controls for obtaining key automatized information related to revenue accounting as well as continue formal revenue recognition training sessions for key accounting and sales personnel.

 

· Implementing formal procedures for the consistent processing of and accounting for fixed asset transactions, including a formal review process.

  

· Selecting a recognized audit and advisory firm to receive feedback about implementing a standard financial statement reporting process, such as an accounting and close check-list, and a formal reporting package, to be used by all departments in order for them to report information accurately, timely and in a standard format to our finance department.

  

· Implementing a formalized accounting policy that addresses the appropriate procedures for significant, non-routine, unusual, or complex events or transactions.

 

· Increased management oversight by creating a new Disclosure Committee comprised of senior managers with responsibility for responding to issues raised during the financial reporting process.

   

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, there has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

  Item 9B. Other Information.

 

None.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

 

Directors and Executive Officers

 

Our current directors and executive officers are as follows:

 

Name   Age   Position
José M. Daes   54   Chief Executive Officer and Director
         
Christian T. Daes   50   Chief Operating Officer and Director
         
Joaquin Fernandez   54   Chief Financial Officer
         
A. Lorne Weil   64   Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
         
Samuel R. Azout   55   Independent Director
         
Juan Carlos Vilariño   52   Independent Director
         
Martha (Stormy) L. Byorum   60   Independent Director
         
Julio A. Torres   47   Independent Director

 

José M. Daes has served as our chief executive officer and a director since December 2013. Mr. Daes has over 30 years’ experience starting and operating various businesses in Colombia and the U.S. Mr. Daes has served as chief executive officer of ES since its inception in 1984, responsible for all aspects of ES’s operations. Mr. Daes began his career in textiles, importing textiles from Japan to Colombia and later owned and operated an upscale clothing store with multiple locations in Miami. Mr. Daes is the older brother of Christian T. Daes, our chief operating officer and director.

 

We believe Mr. Daes is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his operational experience with ES and TG and his knowledge of the industry within which they operate.

 

Christian T. Daes has served as our chief operating officer and a director since December 2013. Mr. Daes has served as the chief executive officer of Tecnoglass since its inception in 1994, responsible for all aspects of Tecnoglass’s operations. Mr. Daes’s philanthropic activities include founding the Tecnoglass-ES Windows Foundation, which promotes local development, health and social programs in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mr. Daes is the younger brother of José M. Daes, our chief executive officer and director.

 

We believe Mr. Daes is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his operational experience with ES and TG and his knowledge of the industry within which they operate.

 

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Joaquín F. Fernández has served as our chief financial officer since December 2013 and the chief financial officer for TG and ES since 2007. He has also served as a director of ES since January 2002. Mr. Fernández oversees the gathering, reporting, presentation and interpretation of the historical financial information for us and our subsidiaries, as well as implementation of financial strategy for us. Prior to joining TG and ES, Mr. Fernández worked at fuel distribution, outsourcing, and public utility companies.

 

A. Lorne Weil has served as a member of our board of directors and non-executive chairman of the board since our inception. He has also served as a director of Sportech Plc, one of the largest suppliers and operators of pools/tote (often also referred to as pari-mutuel) betting in the world, since October 2010. From October 1991 to November 2013, Mr. Weil served as chairman of the board of Scientific Games Corporation, a supplier of technology-based products, systems and services to gaming markets worldwide, and served as its chief executive officer from April 1992 until November 2013. Mr. Weil also served as president of Scientific Games from August 1997 to June 2005. From 1979 to November 1992, Mr. Weil was president of Lorne Weil, Inc., a firm providing strategic planning and corporate development services to high technology industries. Previously, Mr. Weil was vice president of corporate development at General Instrument Corporation, working with wagering and cable systems.

 

We believe Mr. Weil is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive business experience in strategic planning and corporate development, his contacts he has fostered throughout his career, as well as his operational experience.

 

Samuel R. Azout has served on our board of directors since December 2013 and on the board of TG since February 2009. Since March 2013, Mr. Azout has served as an investment manager for Abacus Real Estate. From January 2012 to March 2013, Mr. Azout served as the chief executive officer of the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty in Colombia, an organization formed by the government of Colombia to assist families in poverty. From September 2008 to January 2012, Mr. Azout was the senior presidential advisor for Social Prosperity, employed by the administration of the President of Colombia. Prior to this, Mr. Azout served as chief executive officer of Carulla Vivero S.A., the second largest retailer in Colombia, for 10 years, until he led its sale to Grupo Exito in 2006.

 

We believe Mr. Azout is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his contacts and business relationships in Colombia.

 

Juan Carlos Vilariño has served on our board of directors since December 2013, on the board of TG since November 1995 and on the board of ES since March 1997. Mr. Vilariño has worked as the general manager of various business highway concession consortiums in Colombia including the Malla Vial del Atlántico Highway Concession Consortium since 1993 and the Barranquilla-Ciénaga Highway Concession consortium since 1999. Mr. Vilariño began his career as the assistant vice president in the general consulting department of Finance Corporation of the North, S.A. We believe Mr. Vilariño is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his contacts and business relationships in Colombia.

 

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Martha (Stormy) L. Byorum has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2011. Ms. Byorum is founder and chief executive officer of Cori Investment Advisors, LLC (Cori Capital), a financial services entity that was most recently (January 2005 through August 2013) a division of Stephens Inc., a private investment banking firm founded in 1933. Ms. Byorum was also an executive vice president of Stephens Inc. from January 2005 until August 2013. From March 2003 to December 2004, Ms. Byorum served as chief executive officer of Cori Investment Advisors, LLC, which was spun off from VB&P in 2003. Ms. Byorum co-founded VB&P in 1996 and served as a Partner until February 2003. Prior to co-founding VB&P in 1996, Ms. Byorum had a 24-year career at Citibank, where, among other things, she served as chief of staff and chief financial officer for Citibank’s Latin American Banking Group from 1986 to 1990, overseeing $15 billion of loans and coordinating activities in 22 countries. She was later appointed the head of Citibank’s U.S. Corporate Banking Business and a member of the bank’s Operating Committee and a Customer Group Executive with global responsibilities.

 

Ms. Byorum is a Life Trustee of Amherst College and a chairman of the finance committee of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas, a large distributor of natural gas services in the Pacific Northwest.

 

We believe Ms. Byorum is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board of directors due to her operational experience with Cori Capital Advisors, VB&P and Citibank and her financial background, which includes having served on the audit committees of four publicly-traded companies.

 

Julio A. Torres has served on our board of directors since October 2011. He previously served as our co-chief executive officer from October 2011 through January 2013. Since March 2008, Mr. Torres has served as managing director of Nexus Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From April 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Torres served with the Colombian Ministry of Finance acting as general director of public credit and the treasury. From June 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Torres served as managing director of Diligo Advisory Group, an investment banking firm. From September 1994 to June 2002, Mr. Torres served as vice president with JPMorgan Chase Bank.

 

We believe Mr. Torres is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his operational experience with Nexus Capital Partners, his work with the Colombian government and his extensive contacts he has fostered while working at Nexus Capital Partners, JPMorgan Chase Bank and in the Colombian government.

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our officers, directors and persons who own more than ten percent of a registered class of our equity securities to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Officers, directors and ten percent shareholders are required by regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file. Based solely on a review of such reports received by us and written representations from certain reporting persons that no Form 5s were required for those persons, we believe that, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, all reports required to be filed by our officers, directors and persons who own more than ten percent of a registered class of our equity securities were filed on a timely basis.

 

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Code of Ethics

 

In March 2012, we adopted a code of ethics that applies to all of our executive officers, directors and employees. The code of ethics codifies the business and ethical principles that govern all aspects of our business. We will provide, without charge, upon request, copies of our code of ethics. Requests for copies of our code of ethics should be sent in writing to Tecnoglass Inc., Avenida Circunvalar a 100 mts de la Via 40, Barrio Las Flores, Barranquilla, Colombia, Attn: Corporate Secretary.

 

Corporate Governance

 

Audit Committee

 

We have a standing audit committee of the board of directors, which consists of Martha L. Byorum, Samuel R. Azout and Julio Torres, with Martha L. Byorum serving as chairman. Each of the members of the audit committee is independent under the applicable NASDAQ listing standards.

 

The audit committee has a written charter, a copy of which was filed with our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on December 4, 2013. The purpose of the audit committee is to appoint, retain, set compensation of, and supervise our independent accountants, review the results and scope of the audit and other accounting related services and review our accounting practices and systems of internal accounting and disclosure controls. The audit committee’s duties, which are specified in the audit committee charter, include, but are not limited to:

 

· reviewing and discussing with management and the independent auditor the annual audited financial statements, and recommending to the board whether the audited financial statements should be included in our Form 10-K;
· discussing with management and the independent auditor significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of our financial statements;
· discussing with management major risk assessment and risk management policies;
· monitoring the independence of the independent auditor;
· verifying the rotation of the lead (or coordinating) audit partner having primary responsibility for the audit and the audit partner responsible for reviewing the audit as required by law;
· reviewing and approving all related-party transactions;
· inquiring and discussing with management our compliance with applicable laws and regulations;

 

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· pre-approving all audit services and permitted non-audit services to be performed by our independent auditor, including the fees and terms of the services to be performed;
· appointing or replacing the independent auditor;
· determining the compensation and oversight of the work of the independent auditor (including resolution of disagreements between management and the independent auditor regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work; and
· establishing procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or reports which raise material issues regarding its financial statements or accounting policies

 

Financial Experts on Audit Committee

 

The audit committee will at all times be composed exclusively of “independent directors,” as defined for audit committee members under the NASDAQ listing standards and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who are “financially literate,” as defined under NASDAQ’s listing standards. NASDAQ’s listing standards define “financially literate” as being able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including a company’s balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. The board of directors has determined that Martha Byorum satisfies NASDAQ’s definition of financial sophistication and also qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Nominating Committee

 

We have a standing nominating committee, which consists of A. Lorne Weil, Martha L. Byorum, Samuel R. Azout and Juan Carlos Vilariño, with A. Lorne Weil serving as chairperson. Each member of the nominating committee is an “independent director” as defined under NASDAQ listing standards. Pursuant to its written charter, a copy of which was filed with our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on December 4, 2013, our nominating committee is responsible for overseeing the selection of persons to be nominated to serve on our board of directors.

 

Guidelines for Selecting Director Nominees

 

The nominating committee considers persons identified by its members, management, shareholders, investment bankers and others. Currently, the guidelines for selecting nominees, which are specified in the nominating committee charter, generally provide that persons to be nominated:

 

· should have demonstrated notable or significant achievements in business, education or public service;
· should possess the requisite intelligence, education and experience to make a significant contribution to the board of directors and bring a range of skills, diverse perspectives and backgrounds to its deliberations; and

 

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· should have the highest ethical standards, a strong sense of professionalism and intense dedication to serving the interests of the shareholders.

 

The nominating committee will consider a number of qualifications relating to management and leadership experience, background and integrity and professionalism in evaluating a person’s candidacy for membership on the board of directors. The nominating committee may require certain skills or attributes, such as financial or accounting experience, to meet specific board needs that arise from time to time and will also consider the overall experience and makeup of its members to obtain a broad and diverse mix of board members. The nominating committee does not distinguish among nominees recommended by shareholders and other persons.

 

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the nominating committee.

 

Compensation Committee

 

We have a standing compensation committee consisting of Julio Torres, Samuel R. Azout and Juan Carlos Vilariño, with Julio Torres serving as chairperson. Pursuant to the compensation committee charter, a copy of which was filed with our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on December 4, 2013, the compensation committee oversees our compensation and employee benefit plans and practices, including our executive, director and other incentive and equity-based compensation plans. The specific responsibilities of the compensation committee include making recommendations to the board regarding executive compensation of our executive officers and non-employee directors, administering our 2013 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan, and preparing and reviewing compensation-related disclosure, including a compensation discussion and analysis and compensation committee report (if required), for our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

Overview

 

Our policies with respect to the compensation of our executive officers are administered by our board in consultation with our compensation committee. Our compensation policies are intended to provide for compensation that is sufficient to attract, motivate and retain executives of outstanding ability and potential and to establish an appropriate relationship between executive compensation and the creation of shareholder value. To meet these goals, the compensation committee is charged with recommending executive compensation packages to our board.

 

Prior to consummation of the Merger in December 2013, none of our executive officers or directors received compensation for services rendered to us. No compensation or fees of any kind, including finders, consulting or other similar fees, were paid to any of our initial shareholders, including our officers and directors, or any of their respective affiliates, prior to, or for any services they rendered in order to effectuate, the consummation of the initial business combination.

 

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Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table summarizes the total compensation for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 of each of our named executive officers.

 

Name and principal
position
  Year     Salary     Bonus     Total  
Jose M. Daes (1)     2014     $ 683,000     $ -     $ 683,000  
Chief Executive Officer     2013     $ 720,000     $ 100,000     $ 820,000  
Christian T. Daes (2)     2014     $ 430,000     $ -     $ 430,000  
Chief Operating Officer     2013     $ 720,000     $ 100,000     $ 820,000  
Joaquin Fernández (3)     2014     $ 180,000     $ 34,000     $ 214,000  
Chief Financial Officer     2013     $ 120,000     $ -     $ 120,000  

 

(1) Mr. Daes was appointed chief executive officer in December 2013 in connection with the Merger. Mr. Daes also serves as chief executive officer of ES. Compensation information for 2013 includes amounts paid to Mr. Daes in his capacity as chief executive officer of ES prior to the Merger.

 

(2) Mr. Daes was appointed chief operating officer in December 2013 in connection with the Merger. Mr. Daes also serves as chief executive officer of Tecnoglass. Compensation information for 2013 includes amounts paid to Mr. Daes in his capacity as chief executive officer of Tecnoglass prior to the Merger.

 

(3) Mr. Fernández was appointed chief financial officer in December 2013 in connection the Merger. Mr. Fernández also serves as chief financial officer of Tecnoglass and ES. Compensation information for 2013 includes amounts paid to Mr. Fernández in his capacity as chief financial officer of Tecnoglass and ES prior to the Merger.

 

Compensation Arrangements with Named Executive Officers

 

At present, we do not have employment agreements in place for our current executive officers. We have determined to continue the compensation arrangements that were in place for each Messrs. Daes and Daes with ES and Tecnoglass, respectively, providing for an annual base salary of $720,000, and to provide an annual base salary to Mr. Fernández equal to approximately $180,000 going forward. Our compensation committee may determine to award a discretionary cash bonus to such executive officers   as has been awarded in the past by Tecnoglass and ES, and may also determine to award to such executive officers share options, share appreciation rights or other awards under our 2013 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan. We anticipate continuing these compensation arrangements until we enter into employment agreements with our executive officers. Upon entry into employment agreements with our executive officers, we will file a Current Report on Form 8-K to disclose the material terms of such agreements.

 

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Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

As of December 31, 2014, we had not granted any share options, share appreciation rights or any other awards under long-term incentive plans to any of our executive officers.

 

Director Compensation

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, we did not compensate any of our directors for their service on the board. However, we did reimburse our directors for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by them in connection with activities on our behalf such as identifying potential target businesses and performing due diligence on suitable business combinations.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

 

The following table sets forth information as of March 20, 2015   regarding the beneficial ownership of our ordinary shares by:

 

· Each person known to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding ordinary shares;
· Each director and each named executive officer; and
· All current executive officers and directors as a group.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, we believe that all persons named in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all ordinary shares beneficially owned by them. The percentage of beneficial ownership is calculated based on 24,801,132 ordinary shares outstanding as of March 20, 2015. Shares which an   individual or group has a right to acquire within 60 days pursuant to the exercise or conversion of options, warrants or other similar convertible or derivative securities are deemed to be outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of such individual or group, but are not deemed to be outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person shown in the table.

 

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    Amount and     Approximate  
    Nature     Percentage of  
    of Beneficial     Beneficial  
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner (1)   Ownership     Ownership  
                 
Directors and Named Executive Officers                
                 
Jose M. Daes     0 (2)     0 %
Chief Executive Officer and Director                
Christian T. Daes     0 (2)     0 %
Chief Operating Officer and Director                
Samuel R. Azout     0       0 %
Director                
Juan Carlos Vilariño     0       0 %
Director                
Joaquin F. Fernandez     20,567,141 (3)     82.9 %
Chief Financial Officer                
A. Lorne Weil     10,000 (4)     *  
Chairman of the Board                
Julio A. Torres     172,000 (5)     *  
Director                
Martha L. Byorum     205,000 (5)     *  
Director                
All directors and executive officers as a group (8 persons)     20,954,141       84.5 %
Five Percent Holders:                
Energy Holding Corporation     20,567,141 (3)     81.60 %
Red Oak Partners, LLC
1969 SW 17 th Street

Boca Raton, FL 33486
    1,858,516 (6)     7.5 %

 

* Less than 1%

 

    (1)        Unless otherwise indicated, the business address of each of the individuals is Avenida Circunvalar a 100 mts de la Via 40, Barrio Las Flores, Barranquilla, Colombia.

 

    (2)        Does not include shares held by Energy Holding Corporation, in which this person has an indirect ownership interest.

 

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    (3)        Represents all ordinary shares held by Energy Holding Corporation, of which Messrs. Joaquin Fernandez and Alberto Velilla Becerra are directors and may be deemed to share voting and dispositive power over such shares. Includes 789,082 ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of 789,082 private warrants held by Energy Holding Corporation, which became exercisable upon the consummation of our initial business combination. Does not include the shares that may be issued to Energy Holding Corporation upon achievement of certain share price and earnings targets for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2015 and 2016.

 

    (4)        Does not include 253,000 ordinary shares held by Child’s Trust f/b/o Francesca Weil u/a dated March 4, 2010 and 253,000 ordinary shares held by Child’s Trust f/b/o Alexander Weil u/a dated March 4, 2010, irrevocable trusts established for the benefit of Mr. Weil’s children. Does not include 95,693 ordinary shares held by The A. Lorne Weil 2006 Irrevocable Trust - Family Investment Trust, of which Mr. Weil, his spouse and his descendants are beneficiaries but over which Mr. Weil does not exercise voting or dispositive power.

 

    (5)        Includes 125,000 ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of 125,000 private warrants held by such reporting person, which became exercisable upon consummation of our initial business combination.

 

    (6)        Red Oak Partners may be deemed to beneficially own 1,858,516 shares of common stock, which includes: (i) 155,977 ordinary shares held by The Red Oak Fund, LP (“Red Oak”); (ii) 484,330 ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of warrants held by Red Oak; (iii) 27,334 ordinary shares issuable upon exercise of unit purchase options (and the underlying warrants) held by Red Oak; (vi) 68,561 ordinary shares held by Red Oak Long Fund, L.P. (“Red Oak Long Fund”); (vii) 225,962 ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of warrants held by Red Oak Long Fund; (viii) 13,084 ordinary shares issuable upon exercise of unit purchase options (and the underlying warrants) held by Red Oak Long Fund; (ix) 208,981 ordinary shares held by Pinnacle Opportunities Fund, LP (“Pinnacle”); (x) 637,282 ordinary shares issuable upon the exercise of warrants held by Pinnacle; and (xi) 37,004 ordinary shares issuable upon exercise of unit purchase options (and the underlying warrants) held by Pinnacle. David Sandberg is the managing member of Red Oak Partners and may be deemed the beneficial owner of shares held by Red Oak Partners through the funds. Information was derived from a Schedule 13D filed on March 9, 2015.

 

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Equity Compensation Plans

 

Category   Number of securities to
be issued upon exercise
of outstanding options,
warrants and rights
    Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
    Number of securities
remaining available
for future issuance
under equity
compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in first
column
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders                 1,593,917  
                         
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders                  
                         
Total                 1,593,917  

 

On December 20, 2013, our shareholders approved our 2013 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (“2013 Plan”). Under the 2013 Plan, 1,593,917 ordinary shares are reserved for issuance in accordance with the plan’s terms to eligible employees, officers, directors and consultants. As of December 31, 2014, no awards had been made under the 2013 Plan.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

 

Related Transactions

 

Pre-Merger Related Transactions of the Company

 

On May 20, 2013, the A. Lorne Weil 2006 Irrevocable Trust — Family Investment Trust, a trust of which A. Lorne Weil, his spouse and his descendants are among the beneficiaries, loaned us $100,000 to meet our working capital needs pending our initial business combination. This loan was evidenced by a promissory note payable upon consummation of our initial business combination, in cash without interest, or, at the holder’s discretion and upon approval by our shareholders (which was obtained in connection with the Merger), by conversion into warrants at a price of $0.50 per warrant. This note was converted into 200,000 warrants upon consummation of the Merger.  

 

Pre-Merger Related Transactions of Tecnoglass and ES

 

TG

 

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In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 prior to the Merger, transactions with TG shareholders resulted in TG generating $39.2 million in revenues exclusively comprised of sales to ES which was a shareholder of TG leading up to the Merger and $5.8 million in accounts receivables. Transactions with directors resulted in less than $0.1 million in accounts receivable. TG also paid its directors $0.5 million in salaries.

 

ES

 

In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 prior to the Merger, transactions with ES shareholders resulted in ES generating $0.2 million in revenues, $0.1 million in accounts receivables and $17.3 million in accounts payables. ES also purchased equipment from its shareholders $5,276,000. Transactions with its directors resulted in less than $0.1 million in accounts receivables and less than $0.1 million in revenues. ES paid its directors $0.8 million in salaries.

 

E.S. Windows, LLC

 

The majority of shares of ESW LLC, a Florida limited liability company, are owned by Jose Daes, Christian Daes and Evelyn Daes. ESW LLC acts as one of ES’s importers and distributors in the U.S. ESW LLC sends project specifications and orders from its clients to ES, and in turn, receiving pricing quotes from ES which are conveyed to the client. ESW LLC does not install any of our products. The Company’s CEO and COO, other family members, and other related parties own 100% of the equity in ESW LLC. Sales to ESW LLC amounted to $37.1 and $28.9 million during the years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013.

 

Ventanas Solar S.A.

  

Ventanas Solar S.A. (“VS”), a Panama sociedad anonima, is an importer and installer of the Company’s products in Panama. Family members of the Company’s CEO and COO and other related parties own 100% of the equity in US. The Company’s sales to US for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $0.2 million and $7.9 million, respectively. Outstanding receivables from VS at December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $12.2 million and $10.8 million, respectively, including a long term payment agreement for trade receivables of $4.2 million as of December 31, 2014 related to a collection agreement, pursuant to which VS collects the Company’s receivables from customers in Panama.

 

Merger Consideration

 

Energy Holding Corporation, the sole shareholder of Tecnoglass Holding whose shareholders are all of the former shareholders of Tecnoglass and ES, received 20,567,141 ordinary shares in consideration of all of the outstanding and issued ordinary shares of Tecnoglass Holding.

 

Pursuant to the agreement and plan of reorganization, we issued to Energy Holding Corp. an aggregate of 500,000 ordinary shares based on its achievement of specified EBITDA targets set forth in such agreement for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Energy Holding Corp. also has the contractual right to receive an additional 2,500,000 ordinary shares, to be released upon the attainment of specified share price targets or targets based on our EBITDA in the fiscal years ending December 31, 2015 or 2016. The following table sets forth the targets and the number of earnout shares issuable to Tecnoglass Holding shareholders upon the achievement of such targets:

 

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    Ordinary
Share
    EBITDA Target     Number of Earnout
Shares
 
    Price Target     Minimum     Maximum     Minimum     Maximum  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/15   $ 13.00 per share       $ 35,000,000     $ 40,000,000       875,000       1,000,000  
                                         
Fiscal year ending 12/31/16   $ 15.00 per share       $ 40,000,000     $ 45,000,000       1,333,333       1,500,000  

 

If either the ordinary share target or the maximum EBITDA target is met in any fiscal year, Energy Holding Corp. receives the maximum number of earnout shares indicated for the year. In the event the ordinary share target is not met but the combined company’s EBITDA falls within the minimum and maximum EBITDA target for a specified year, the number of earnout shares to be issued will be interpolated between such targets. In the event neither the ordinary share target nor the minimum EBITDA target is met in a particular year, but a subsequent year’s share price or EBITDA target is met, Energy Holding Corp. will earn the earnout shares for the previous year as if the prior year’s target had been met.

 

Joaquin Fernandez and Alberto Velilla Becerra are directors of Energy Holding Corporation. Jose Daes and Christian Daes are shareholders of Energy Holding Corporation.

 

Registration Rights

 

Our initial shareholders, Energy Holding Corporation, holders of the private warrants and warrants issued upon conversion of the promissory note (described above) (and all underlying securities), are entitled to registration rights pursuant to an agreement entered into on December 20, 2013. The holders of a majority of these securities are entitled to make up to two demands that we register such securities, and have certain “piggy-back” registration rights with respect to registration statements filed subsequent to our consummation of the Merger. Pursuant to the agreement, we will bear the expenses incurred in connection with the filing of any such registration statements. All such securities were included on our Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed on February 11, 2014 and later amended on Form S-1, declared effective on June 16, 2014.

 

Transfer Agreements in connection with Merger

 

On December 19, 2013, we entered into an agreement with an affiliate of A. Lorne Weil, our non-executive chairman of the board, and a third party shareholder pursuant to which the third party shareholder agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to purchase up to 1,000,000 ordinary shares in the open market and agreed that it would not seek conversion or redemption of any such purchased shares in connection with the Merger. This third party shareholder and its affiliates purchased an aggregate of 985,896 ordinary shares pursuant to this agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, Mr. Weil’s affiliate transferred to the third party shareholder and its affiliates an aggregate of 2,167,867 private warrants. Additionally, EarlyBirdCapital, Inc., our financial advisor, transferred to the third party shareholder and its affiliates certain unit purchase options, each to purchase one ordinary share and one warrant to purchase one ordinary share. We agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the warrants and shares underlying the warrants, as well as the unit purchase options and underlying securities, transferred to the shareholder and its affiliates, which such registration statement was filed on February 11, 2014 and declared effective on June 16, 2014.

 

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Also on December 19, 2013, we entered into subscription agreements with two investors pursuant to which such investors agreed to purchase an aggregate of 649,382 ordinary shares at $10.18 per Share, or an aggregate of $6,610,709. In connection with this purchase, the affiliate of Mr. Weil transferred an aggregate of 608,796 private warrants to such investors. We agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the warrants and shares underlying the warrants, transferred to these investors, which such registration statement was filed on February 11, 2014, and agreed to use our best efforts to have such registration statement declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible. Such registration statement was declared effective on June 16, 2014.

 

Indemnification Agreements

 

Effective March 5, 2014, we entered into indemnification agreements with each of our executive officers and members of our board of directors. The indemnification agreements supplement our Third Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association and Cayman Islands law in providing certain indemnification rights to these individuals. The indemnification agreements provide, among other things, that we will indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted by Cayman Islands law and to any greater extent that Cayman Islands law may in the future permit, including the advancement of attorneys' fees and other expenses incurred by such individuals in connection with any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or other proceeding, whether of a civil, criminal, administrative, regulatory, legislative or investigative nature, relating to any occurrence or event before or after the date of the indemnification agreements, by reason of the fact that such individuals is or were our directors or executive officers, subject to certain exclusions and procedures set forth in the indemnification agreements, including the absence of fraud or willful default on the part of the indemnitee and, with respect to any criminal proceeding, that the indemnitee had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.

 

Private Placement with Affiliate of A. Lorne Weil

 

On March 5, 2014, we entered into a subscription agreement with an affiliate of A. Lorne Weil, our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, pursuant to which such affiliate agreed to purchase an aggregate of 95,693 ordinary shares at an aggregate price of $1,000,000, or approximately $10.45 per share, representing a slight premium to the closing price of our ordinary shares immediately prior to the execution of the subscription agreement. The closing of the purchase took place on March 14, 2014. A registration statement covering the resale of these shares was declared effective on June 16, 2014.

 

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Related Person Policy

 

Our Code of Ethics requires us to avoid, wherever possible, all related party transactions that could result in actual or potential conflicts of interests, except under guidelines approved by the board of directors (or the audit committee). Related-party transactions are defined as transactions in which (1) the aggregate amount involved will or may be expected to exceed $120,000 in any calendar year, (2) we or any of our subsidiaries are a participant, and (3) any (a) executive officer, director or nominee for election as a director, (b) greater than 5% beneficial owner of our ordinary shares, or (c) immediate family member, of the persons referred to in clauses (a) and (b), has or will have a direct or indirect material interest (other than solely as a result of being a director or a less than 10% beneficial owner of another entity). A conflict of interest situation can arise when a person takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her work objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest may also arise if a person, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position.

 

Our audit committee, pursuant to its written charter, is responsible for reviewing and approving related-party transactions to the extent we enter into such transactions. The audit committee will consider all relevant factors when determining whether to approve a related party transaction, including whether the related party transaction is on terms no less favorable than terms generally available to an unaffiliated third-party under the same or similar circumstances and the extent of the related party’s interest in the transaction. No director may participate in the approval of any transaction in which he is a related party, but that director is required to provide the audit committee with all material information concerning the transaction. Additionally, we require each of our directors and executive officers to complete an annual directors’ and officers’ questionnaire that elicits information about related party transactions.

 

These procedures are intended to determine whether any such related party transaction impairs the independence of a director or presents a conflict of interest on the part of a director, employee or officer.

 

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Director Independence

 

We adhere to the NASDAQ listing standards in determining whether a director is independent. Our board of directors consults with its counsel to ensure that the board’s determinations are consistent with those rules and all relevant securities and other laws and regulations regarding the independence of directors.

 

The NASDAQ listing standards define an “independent director” as a person, other than an executive officer of a company or any other individual having a relationship which, in the opinion of the issuer’s board of directors, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Consistent with these considerations, we have affirmatively determined that Messrs. Weil, Azout, Vilariño, Torres and Ms. Byorum qualify as independent directors. Our independent directors have regularly scheduled meetings at which only independent directors are present.

 

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

 

Effective December 30, 2014, the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltda. acts as our independent registered public accounting firm. Prior to December 30, 2014, the firm of Marcum LLP acted as our independent registered public accounting firm. Prior to the Merger, Crowe Horwath S.A. acted as the independent registered public accounting firm for Tecnoglass and ES.

 

During 2014, the Company paid $0.1 million to PWC and $1.2 million to Marcum for audit and audit related fees. During 2013, the Company paid $137,000 to Crowe Horwath CO S.A for audit and audit related fees.

 

Audit Committee Approval

 

Our audit committee pre-approved all the services performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltda. and Marcum LLP. In accordance with Section 10A(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, before we engage our independent accountant to render audit or non-audit services on a going-forward basis, the engagement will be approved by our audit committee.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a) The following documents are filed as part of this Form 10-K:

 

(1) Consolidated Financial Statements:

 

  Page
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm F-2
Balance Sheets F-4
Statements of Operations F-5
Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity F-7
Statements of Cash Flows F-6
Notes to Financial Statements F-8

 

(2) Financial Statement Schedules:

 

None.

 

(3) The following exhibits are filed as part of this Form 10-K

 

 

 

Exhibit
No.
  Description   Included   Form   Filing Date
2.1   Agreement and Plan of Reorganization dated as of August 17, 2013 and as amended November 6, 2013, by and among the Company, Andina Merger Sub, Inc., Tecnoglass S.A., C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecno Corporation   By Reference   Schedule 14A   December 4, 2013
3.1   Third Amended and Restated Memorandum and Articles of Association.   By Reference   Schedule 14A   December 4, 2013
4.1   Specimen Ordinary Share Certificate.   By Reference   S-1/A   January 23, 2012
4.2   Specimen Warrant Certificate.   By Reference   S-1/A   December 28, 2011
4.3   Warrant Agreement between Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company and the Company.   By Reference   8-K   March 22, 2012
4.4   Form of First Unit Purchase Option issued to EarlyBirdCapital, Inc.   By Reference   S-1/A   March 12, 2012
4.5   Form of Second Unit Purchase Option issued to EarlyBirdCapital, Inc.   By Reference   S-1/A   March 7, 2012
10.1   Amended and Restated Registration Rights Agreement among the Company, the Initial Shareholders and Energy Holding Corporation.   By Reference   8-K   December 27, 2013
10.2   Indemnity Escrow Agreement dated as of December 20, 2013, by and among the Company, Representative, Committee and Continental Stock Transfer and Trust Company.   By Reference   8-K   December 27, 2013
10.3   Additional Shares Escrow Agreement dated as of December 20, 2013, by and among the Company, Representative, Committee and Continental Stock Transfer and Trust Company.   By Reference   8-K   December 27, 2013
10.4   Form of Lock-Up Agreement between the Company and Energy Holding Corporation   By Reference   8-K   August 22, 2013
10.5   2013 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan   By Reference   Schedule 14A   December 4, 2013
10.6   Form of Subscription Agreement   By Reference   8-K   December 19, 2013
10.7   Form of Indemnification Agreement   By Reference   8-K   March 6, 2014
21   List of subsidiaries.   Herewith        
24   Power of Attorney (included on signature page of this Form 10-K).   Herewith        

 

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Exhibit
 No.
   Description   Included   Form   Filing Date
31.1  

Certification of Principal Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. 

  Herewith        
31.2  

Certification of Principal Financial and Accounting Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. 

  Herewith        
32   Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   Herewith        

 

101.INS   XBRL Instance Document Herewith
       
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Herewith
       
101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Herewith
       
101.DEF   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Herewith
       
101.LAB   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Herewith
       
101.PRE   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Herewith

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Section 13 or 15 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized on the 15th day of April, 2015.

 

  TECNOGLASS INC.
     
  By: /s/ Joaquin Fernandez
  Name: Chief Financial Officer
  Title: Chief Financial Officer (Principal
    Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The undersigned directors and officers of Tecnoglass Inc. hereby constitute and appoint Jose Daes and Joaquin Fernandez with full power to act as our true and lawful attorney-in-fact with full power to execute in our name and behalf in the capacities indicated below, this annual report on Form 10-K and any and all amendments thereto and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and hereby ratify and confirm all that such attorneys-in-fact, or any of them, or their substitutes shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

In accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Name   Title   Date
         
/s/ Jose M. Daes   Chief Executive Officer (Principal   April 15, 2015
Jose M. Daes   Executive Officer)    
         
/s/ Christian T. Daes   Chief Operating Officer   April 15, 2015
Christian T. Daes        
         
/s/ Joaquin Fernandez   Chief Financial Officer (Principal   April 15, 2015
Joaquin Fernandez   Financial and Accounting Officer)    
         
/s/ A. Lorne Weil   Director (Non-Executive Chairman)   April 15, 2015
A. Lorne Weil        
         
/s/ Samuel R. Azout   Director   April 15, 2015
Samuel R. Azout        

 

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Name   Title   Date
         
/s/ Juan Carlos Vilariño   Director   April 15, 2015
Juan Carlos Vilariño        
         
/s/ Martha Byorum   Director   April 15, 2015
Martha Byorum        
         
/s/ Julio A. Torres   Director   April 15, 2015
Julio A. Torres        

 

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Tecnoglass Inc.

 

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

  Page
Audited Financial Statements:  
   
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms F-2
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2014 and 2013 F-4
   
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 F-5
   
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 F-7
   
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 F-6
   
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements F-8

 

F- 1
 

  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders

of Tecnoglass Inc. and Subsidiaries

 

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheet and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, of shareholders’ equity and of cash flows present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Tecnoglass Inc. and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2014, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit of these statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltda.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltda.

Barranquilla, Colombia

April 15, 2015 

 

F- 2
 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Audit Committee of the

Board of Directors and Shareholders

of Tecnoglass, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Tecnoglass, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2013, and the related consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).  Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.  The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.  An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.  We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Tecnoglass, Inc. and Subsidiaries, as of December 31, 2013, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

/s/Marcum llp

 

Marcum llp

New York, NY
April 16, 2014, except for Note 4 to the consolidated financial statements as to which the date is April 15, 2015.

 

F- 3
 

  

Tecnoglass Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash   $ 15,930     $ 2,866  
Restricted cash     -       3,633  
Due from transfer agent     -       15,908  
Subscription receivable     -       6,611  
Investments     1,209       1,353  
Trade accounts receivable, net     44,955       50,928  
Unbilled receivables on uncompleted contracts     9,931       11,640  
Due from related parties     28,327       21,418  
Advances and other receivables     5,508       13,165  
Deferred income taxes     5,373       2,321  
Inventories     28,965       24,181  
Prepaid expenses     1,298       824  
Total current assets     141,496       154,848  
                 
Long term assets:                
Property, plant and equipment, net     103,980       87,382  
Long term receivables from related parties     4,220       5,722  
Other long term assets     6,195       262  
Total long term assets     114,395       93,366  
Total assets   $ 255,891     $ 248,214  
                 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Liabilities and shareholders equity                
Current liabilities                
Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt   $ 54,925     $ 29,720  
Note payable to shareholder     80       80  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     33,493       29,285  
Due to related parties     1,456       8,397  
Taxes payables     7,930       4,847  
Deferred income taxes     8,416       6,698  
Labor liabilities     449       6  
Accrued liabilities and provisions     505       994  
Current portion of customer advances on uncompleted contracts     5,782       28,470  
Total current liabilities     113,036       108,497  
                 
Warrant liability     19,991       18,280  
Customer advances on uncompleted contracts     8,333       8,220  
Long-term debt     39,273       48,097  
Total long term liabilities     67,597       74,597  
Total liabilities     180,633       183,094  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Shareholders' equity                
Preferred shares, $0.0001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013 Ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 24,801,132 and 24,214,670 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively   $ 2     $ 2  
Legal reserves     1,367       1,367  
Additional paid capital     46,514       40,693  
Retained earnings     38,806       18,488  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     (11,431 )     4,570  
Total shareholders equity     75,258       65,120  
Total liabilities and shareholders equity   $ 255,891     $ 248,214  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Tecnoglass Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    Years ended December 31,  
    2014     2013  
             
Operating revenues   $ 197,452     $ 183,294  
Cost of sales     136,021       127,875  
Gross profit     61,431       55,419  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Selling     17,872       17,287  
General and administration     16,327       10,862  
Operating expenses net     34,199       28,149  
                 
Operating income     27,232       27,270  
                 
Change in fair value of warrant liability     (1,711 )     7,626  
Non-operating revenues     12,235       3,998  
Interest expense     (8,900 )     (7,886 )
                 
Income before taxes     28,856       31,008  
                 
Income tax provision     8,538       8,696  
Net income   $ 20,318     $ 22,312  
                 
Comprehensive income:                
Net income   $ 20,318     $ 22,312  
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (16,001 )     (953 )
Total comprehensive income   $ 4,317     $ 21,359  
                 
                 
Basic income per share   $ 0.83     $ 1.08  
                 
Diluted income per share   $ 0.73     $ 1.08  
                 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding     24,347,620       20,677,067  
                 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     27,737,679       20,714,275  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

F- 5
 

  

Tecnoglass Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

 

    Years Ended December 31,  
    2014     2013  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net income   $ 20,318     $ 22,312  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:     -          
Provision for bad debts     20       265  
Provision for obsolete inventory     (1,036 )     1,483  
Change in fair value of investments held for trading     168          
Depreciation and amortization     8,542       7,238  
Loss on disposition of assets     1,300          
Change in value of derivative liability     (25 )        
Change in fair value of warrant liability     1,711       (7,626 )
Deferred income taxes     (915 )     4,513  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     -          
Receivables     (5,002 )     (20,891 )
Deferred income taxes     466     98  
Inventories     (10,696 )     (6,143 )
Prepaid expenses     (761 )     646  
Other assets     1,852       1,002  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     11,846     (11,216 )
Taxes payable     4,817       1,151  
Labor liabilities     530       (16 )
Accrued liabilities and provisions     (352 )     (598 )
Related parties     (19,132 )     375  
Advances from customers     (18,461 )     18,141  
CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES     (4,810 )     10,734  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
Proceeds from sale of investments     825       3,222  
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     3,609       -  
Cash acquired from Andina Acquisition Corporation     -       3  
Purchase of investments     400       (107 )
Acquisition of property and equipment     (24,848 )     (20,001 )
Restricted cash     3,633       (3,746 )
CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (16,381 )     (20,629 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
Proceeds from debt     87,109       21,237  
Proceeds from the sale of common stock     1,000       -  
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants     821       -  
Repayments of debt     (77,924 )     (12,865 )
Merger proceeds held in trust     22,519       -
CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES     33,525      

8,372

                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     730       2,254  
                 
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH     13,064       731  
CASH - Beginning of year     2,866       2,135  
CASH - End of year   $ 15,930     $ 2,866  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION                
Cash paid during the year for:                
Interest   $ 7,451     $ 7,303  
Taxes   $ 3,101     $ 4,183  
                 
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITES:                
Assets acquired under capital lease and financial obligations   $ 27,778     $ 17,686  
Assets acquired with issuance of debt   $ 4,000     $ -  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Tecnoglass, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity

For the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

(In thousands, except share data)

 

    Preferred Shares, $0.0001
Par Value
    Ordinary Shares, $0.0001
Par Value
    Additional
Paid in
    Legal     Retained Earnings
(Accumulated
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
    Total
Shareholders'
 
    Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Capital     Reserve     Deficit)     Loss     Equity  
Balance at January 1, 2013     -       -       20,567,141       2     $ 44,219   $ 1,367     $ (3,824 )   5,523     47,287  
                                                                         
Outstanding ordinary shares of Andina Acquisition at the time of the exchange     -       -       3,647,529       -       35,351       -       (38,877 )     -       (3,526 )
                                                                         
Recapitalization of Andina Acquisition accumulated deficit     -       -       -       -       (38,877 )     -       38,877       -       -  
                                                                         
Foreign currency translation     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (953 )     (953 )
                                                                         
Net income     -       -       -       -       -       -       22,312       -       22,312  
                                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2013     -       -       24,214,670       2       40,693       1,367       18,488       4,570       65,120  
                                                                         
Issuance of common stock     -       -       483,892       -       5,000       -       -       -       5,000  
                                                                         
Exercise of warrants     -       -       102,570       -       821       -       -       -       821  
                                                                         
Foreign currency translation     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (16,001 )     (16,001 )
                                                                         
Net income     -       -       -       -       -       -       20,318       -       20,318  
                                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2014     -     $ -       24,801,132     $ 2     $ 46,514     $ 1,367     $ 38,806     $ (11,431 )   $ 75,258  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Tecnoglass Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

Note 1. Organization, Plan of Business Operation

 

Tecnoglass Inc. (“TGI,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) was incorporated in the Cayman Islands on September 21, 2011 under the name “Andina Acquisition Corporation” (“Andina”) as a blank check company. Andina’s registration statement for its initial public offering (the “Public Offering”) was declared effective on March 16, 2012. Andina consummated the Public Offering, the private placement of warrants (“Private Placement”) and the sale of options to the Underwriters on March 22, 2012, receiving proceeds, net of transaction costs, of $43,163 , of which $42,740 was placed in a trust account.

 

Andina’s objective was to acquire, through a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination, one or more operating businesses. On December 20, 2013, Andina consummated a merger transaction (the “Merger”) with Tecno Corporation (“Tecnoglass Holding”) as ultimate parent of Tecnoglass S.A. (“TG”) and C.I. Energía Solar S.A. ES. Windows (“ES”). The surviving entity was renamed Tecnoglass Inc. The Merger transaction was accounted for as a reverse merger and recapitalization where Tecnoglass Holding was the acquirer and TGI was the acquired company.

 

The Company manufactures hi-specification, architectural glass and windows for the global residential and commercial construction industries. Currently the Company offers design, production, marketing, and installation of architectural systems for buildings of high, medium and low elevation size. Products include windows and doors in glass and aluminum, office partitions and interior divisions, floating façades and commercial window showcases. The Company sells to customers in North, Central and South America, and exports about half of its production to foreign countries.

 

TG manufactures both glass and aluminum products. Its glass products include tempered glass, laminated glass, thermo-acoustic glass, curved glass, silk-screened glass, acoustic glass and digital print glass. Its Alutions plant produces mill finished, anodized, painted aluminum profiles and rods, tubes, bars and plates. Alutions’ operations include extrusion, smelting, painting and anodizing processes, and exporting, importing and marketing aluminum products.

 

ES designs, manufactures, markets and installs architectural systems for high, medium and low rise construction, glass and aluminum windows and doors, office dividers and interiors, floating facades and commercial display windows.

 

In 2014, the Company established two Florida limited liability companies, Tecnoglass LLC (“Tecno LLC”) and Tecnoglass RE LLC (“Tecno RE”) to acquire manufacturing facilities, manufacturing machinery and equipment, customer lists and exclusive design permits.

 

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Note 2. Reverse Merger

 

The Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”) as of August 17, 2013. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, on the closing date of December 20, 2013 (the “Closing”), the former Tecnoglass Holding shareholders, through an intermediary entity, received, as consideration for all ordinary shares of Tecnoglass Holding they held: (i) an aggregate of 20,567,141 ordinary shares of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share (“Ordinary Shares”) at the Closing; and (ii) up to an aggregate of 3,000,000 additional Ordinary Shares (“Earnout Shares”) of the Company to be released after the Closing as described below.

 

At the Closing, the Company had 3,647,529 ordinary shares outstanding with a net tangible book value of ($3,526). The net tangible book value consisted of a stock subscription receivable aggregating $6,610, amount due from the transfer agent of $15,909, liabilities of $139 and a warrant liability of $25,906. The balance due from the transfer agent is net of $22,915 paid, from the proceeds of $42,740 held in the trust account, to the holders of 2,251,853 public shares electing not to participate in the business combination. In addition, transaction expenses of approximately $3.9 million were also paid. The balance of $15,909 is available for working capital and is classified on the balance sheet at December 31, 2013 as Due from Transfer Agent. The funds were received from the Transfer Agent in January 2014.

 

Prior to the business combination the Company entered into subscription agreements with two investors pursuant to which such investors purchased 649,382 ordinary shares of for an aggregate price of $6,610. As of December 31, 2013 such amount has been classified as a subscription receivable. The proceeds were received in January 2014.

 

The Merger Agreement was accounted for as a reverse merger and recapitalization where Tecnoglass Holding was the acquirer and TGI was the acquired company. Accordingly, the historical financial statements presented are the consolidated financial statements of Tecnoglass Holding. The ordinary shares and the corresponding capital amounts of the Company pre-merger have been retroactively restated as ordinary shares reflecting the exchange ratio in the merger.

 

The Earnout Shares have been issued and placed in escrow to be released to the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holding’s upon the achievement of specified share price targets or targets based on Tecnoglass Holding’s net earnings before interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and any expenses arising solely from the Merger charged to income (“EBITDA”) in the fiscal years ending December 31, 2014, 2015 or 2016. The following table sets forth the targets and the number of Earnout Shares issuable to the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holding’s upon the achievement of such targets:

 

    Ordinary Share                        
    Price Target   EBITDA Target     Number of Earnout Shares  
        Minimum     Maximum     Minimum     Maximum  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/14   $12.00 per share   $ 30,000     $ 36,000       416,667       500,000  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/15   $13.00 per share   $ 35,000     $ 40,000       875,000       1,000,000  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/16   $15.00 per share   $ 40,000     $ 45,000       1,333,333       1,500,000  

 

If either the ordinary share target or the maximum EBITDA target is met in any fiscal year, the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holding’s receive the maximum number of Earnout Shares indicated for the year.

 

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In the event the ordinary share target is not met but the combined company’s EBITDA falls within the minimum and maximum EBITDA target for a specified year, the number of Earnout Shares to be issued will be interpolated between such targets.

 

In the event neither the ordinary share target nor the minimum EBITDA target is met in a particular year, but a subsequent year’s share price or EBITDA target is met, the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holding’s will earn the Earnout Shares for the previous year as if the prior year’s target had been met.

 

The Company and the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holdings have agreed to indemnify and hold harmless the other for their inaccuracies or breaches of the representations and warranties or for the non-fulfillment or breach of any covenant or agreement contained in the Merger Agreement and for certain other matters. To provide a fund for payment to the Company with respect to its post-closing rights to indemnification under the Merger Agreement, an aggregate of 890,000 of the Ordinary Shares issuable to the Tecnoglass Holding shareholders were placed in escrow with an independent escrow agent at closing. The escrow fund will be the sole remedy for the Company for its rights to indemnification under the Merger Agreement. On the date that is the earlier of (i) 30 days after the date on which the Company has filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for its 2014 fiscal year or (ii) June 30, 2015, the shares remaining in such escrow fund will be released to the former shareholders of Tecnoglass Holding’s except for any shares subject to pending claims and certain other matters.

  

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Note 3. Summary of significant accounting policies

 

Basis of Presentation and Use of Estimates

 

These consolidated financial statements include the consolidated results of TGI, its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries TG and ES, and its direct subsidiaries Tecno LLC and Tecno RE. Material intercompany accounts, transactions and profits are eliminated in consolidation. These financial statements include adjustments of a normal recurring nature considered necessary by management for a fair presentation of the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Estimates inherent in the preparation of these consolidated financial statements relate to the collectability of account receivables, the valuation of inventories, estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts, useful lives and potential impairment of long-lived assets, and valuation of warrants and other derivative financial instruments.

  

The results of TGI, as the acquired company in the reverse merger, have been included for the period after the reverse merger on December 20, 2013 to the reporting date December 31, 2013.

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

The consolidated financial statements are presented in United States Dollars, the reporting currency. The functional currency of the Company’s operations in Colombia is the Colombian Peso. The consolidated financial statements of the Company’s foreign operations are prepared in the functional currency. The Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income prepared in the functional currency are translated into the reporting currency using average exchange rates for the respective periods. Assets and liabilities on the consolidated Balance Sheets are translated into the reporting currency using rates of exchange at the end of the period and the related translation adjustments are recorded as Accumulated other comprehensive income, a component of Equity in the consolidated Balance Sheet. Transaction and remeasurement gains or losses resulting from foreign currency transactions are recorded in the consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company generates revenue from product sales of manufactured glass and aluminum products. Revenue is recognized when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, a price has been fixed, delivery has occurred per the terms of the customer order, and collectability of the sale is reasonably assured. All revenue is recognized net of discounts, returns and allowances. Evidence of an arrangement consists of a contract or purchase order approved by the customer and accepted by the Company.

 

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Payments received from customers in advance of delivery are recorded as advances from customers at the time payment is received.

 

Product Sales

 

The Company recognizes revenue when goods are shipped, which is “FOB shipping point.” Delivery to the customer is deemed to have occurred when the customer takes title to the product. Generally, title passes to the customer upon shipment, but title transfer may occur when the customer receives the product based on the terms of the agreement with the customer.

 

The selling prices of all goods that the Company sells are fixed and agreed to with the customer prior to shipment. Selling prices are generally based on established list prices. The Company does not customarily permit its customers to return any of its products for monetary refunds or credit against completed or future sales.

 

Contract Sales

 

Revenues from fixed price contracts are recognized using the percentage-of-completion method, measured by the percentage of costs incurred to date to total estimated costs for each contract. Revenues recognized in advance of amounts billable pursuant to contracts terms are recorded as unbilled receivables on uncompleted contracts based on work performed and costs to date. Unbilled receivables on uncompleted contracts are billable upon various events, including the attainment of performance milestones, delivery of product and/or services, or completion of the contract. Revisions to cost estimates as contracts progress have the effect of increasing or decreasing expected profits each period. Changes in contract estimates occur for a variety of reasons, including changes in contract scope, estimated revenue and cost estimates. Provisions for anticipated losses are recorded in the period in which they become determinable. No provisions have been recorded for losses on uncompleted contracts for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

Standard Form Sales

 

The Company recognizes revenue for standard form sales once the installation is complete. Standard form sales are customer sales comprising low value installations that are of short duration.

 

A standard form agreement is executed between the Company and its customer. Services are performed by the Company during the installation process. The price quote is determined by the Company, based on the requested installation, and approved by the customer before the Company proceeds with the installation. The customer’s credit worthiness and payment capacity is evaluated before the Company will proceed with the initial order process.

 

Shipping and Handling Costs

 

The Company classifies amounts billed to customers related to shipping and handling in sale transactions as product revenues. Shipping and handling costs incurred are recorded in cost of product revenues.

 

Sales Tax and Value Added Taxes

 

The Company accounts for sales taxes and value added taxes imposed on its goods and services on a net basis - value added taxes paid for goods and services purchased is netted against value added tax collected from customers and the net amount is paid to the government. The current value added tax rate in Colombia for all of the Company’s products is 16%. A municipal industry and commerce tax (ICA) sales tax of 0.7% is payable on all of the Company’s products sold in the Colombian market.

 

Product Warranties

 

The Company offers product warranties in connection with the sale and installation of its products that are competitive in the markets in which the products are sold. Standard warranties depend upon the product and service, and are generally from five to ten years for architectural glass, curtain wall, laminated and tempered glass, window and door products. Warranties are not priced or sold separately and do not provide the customer with services or coverages in addition to the assurance that the product complies with original agreed-upon specifications. Claims are settled by replacement of the warrantied products.

 

Non Operating Revenues

 

The Company recognizes non - operating revenues from foreign currency transaction gains and losses, interest income on receivables, proceeds from sales of scrap materials and other activities not related to the Company’s operations. Foreign currency transaction gains and losses occur when monetary assets, liabilities, payments and receipts that are denominated in currencies other than the Company’s functional currency are recorded in the Colombian peso accounts of the Company in Columbia. During the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company recorded net gains from foreign currency transactions of $10,790 and $1,311, respectively.

 

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The Company does not accrue contingent liabilities for estimated losses from product warranty obligations because the information available to the Company does not indicate that it is probable that customers will make claims under warranties for window products that have been sold. The amount of losses cannot be reasonably estimated. USGAAP guidance indicates that an inability to make a reasonable estimate of the amount of a warranty obligation at the time of sale because of significant uncertainty about possible claims precludes accrual. Actual losses from replacements under warranties do not appear to be material and are systematically accounted for as cost of product sold.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

All liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased are considered to be cash equivalents. Cash equivalents are stated at cost, which approximates market value. At December 31, 2014 the Company had no cash equivalents.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments which potentially subject the Company to credit risk consist primarily of cash and trade accounts receivable. The Company mitigates its cash risk by maintaining its cash deposits with major financial institutions in Colombia and the Cayman Islands. At times the balances held at financial institutions in Colombia may exceed the Colombia government insured limits of the Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público. The Company has not experienced such losses in such accounts. As discussed below, the Company mitigates its risk to trade accounts receivable by performing on-going credit evaluations of its customers.

 

Trade Accounts Receivable

 

Trade accounts receivable are recorded net of allowances for cash discounts for prompt payment, doubtful accounts and sales returns. Estimates for cash discounts and sales returns are based on contractual terms, historical trends and expectations regarding the utilization rates for these clients.

 

The Company’s policy is to reserve for uncollectible accounts based on its best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in its existing accounts receivable. The Company periodically reviews its accounts receivable to determine whether an allowance for doubtful accounts is necessary based on an analysis of past due accounts and other factors that may indicate that the collectability of an account may be in doubt. Other factors that the Company considers include its existing contractual obligations, historical payment patterns of its customers and individual customer circumstances, and a review of the local economic environment and its potential impact on the collectability of accounts receivable. Account balances deemed to be uncollectible are charged to the allowance for doubtful accounts after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote. As of the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the reserve for doubtful accounts was $110 and $403, respectively.

 

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Inventories

 

Inventories, which consist primarily of purchased and processed glass, aluminum, parts and supplies held for use in the ordinary course of business, are valued at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using a weighted-average method. Inventory consisting of certain job specific materials not yet installed are valued using the specific identification method.

 

Reserves for excess or slow-moving raw materials inventories are updated based on historical experience of a variety of factors including sales volume and levels of inventories at the end of the period. The Company’s reserve for excess or slow-moving inventories at December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $ 292 and $1,438, respectively. The Company does not maintain allowances for the lower of cost or market for inventories of finished products as its products are manufactured based on firm orders rather than built-to-stock.

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment are recorded at cost. Significant improvements and renewals that extend the useful life of the asset are capitalized. Repairs and maintenance are charged to expense as incurred. When property is retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and any related gains or losses are included in income as a reduction to or increase in selling, general and administrative expenses. Depreciation is computed on a straight-line basis, based on the following estimated useful lives:

 

Buildings 20 years
Machinery and equipment 10 years
Furniture and fixtures 10 years
Office equipment and software 5 years
Vehicles 5 years

 

Long Lived Assets

 

The Company periodically reviews the carrying values of its long lived assets when events or changes in circumstances would indicate that it is more likely than not that their carrying values may exceed their realizable values, and record impairment charges when considered necessary.

 

When circumstances indicate that impairment may have occurred, the Company tests such assets for recoverability by comparing the estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to result from the use of such assets and their eventual disposition to their carrying amounts. If the undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying amount of the asset, an impairment loss, measured as the excess of the carrying value of the asset over its estimated fair value, is recognized. Fair value is determined through various valuation techniques, including discounted cash flow models, quoted market values and third-party independent appraisals, as considered necessary.

 

Common Stock Purchase Warrants

 

The Company classifies as equity any warrants contracts that (i) require physical settlement or net-share settlement or (ii) gives the Company a choice of net-cash settlement or settlement in its own shares (physical settlement or net-share settlement). The Company classifies as assets or liabilities any contracts that (i) require net-cash settlement (including a requirement to net cash settle the contract if an event occurs and if that event is outside the Company’s control) or (ii) gives the counterparty a choice of net-cash settlement or settlement in shares (physical settlement or net-share settlement).

 

The Company assesses classification of its common stock purchase warrants and other freestanding derivatives, if any, at each reporting date to determine whether a change in classification between assets and liabilities is required.

 

Warrant liability

 

An aggregate 9,200,000 warrants were issued as a result of the Public Offering, the Private Placement and the Merger. Of the aggregate total, 4,200,000 warrants were issued in connection with the Public Offering (“IPO Warrants”), 4,800,000 warrants were issued in connection with the Private Placement (“Insider Warrants”), and 200,000 warrants were issued upon conversion of a promissory note at the closing of the Merger (“Working Capital Warrants”). The Company classifies the warrant instruments as a liability at their fair value because the warrants do not meet the criteria for equity treatment under guidance contained in ASC 815-40-15-7D. The aggregate liability is subject to re-measurement at each balance sheet date and adjusted at each reporting period until exercised or expired, and any change in fair value is recognized in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations.

 

Following the SEC’s Notice of Effectiveness dated June 16, 2014 of the Company’s registration statement on Form S-1 that registered the IPO Warrants and the Working Capital Warrants, an aggregate of 102,570 Warrants have been exercised as of December 31, 2014. See more about the Company’s registration statement at Note 18.

 

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Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for share-based awards exchanged for employee services at the estimated grant date fair value of the award. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, no share-based awards had been granted to employees.

 

Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company records all derivatives on the balance sheet at fair value, regardless of the purpose or intent for holding them. The Company has not designated its derivatives as hedging instruments, therefore, the Company does not designate them as fair value or cash flow hedging instruments. The accounting for changes in fair value of the derivatives is recorded within earnings.

 

Advertising Costs

 

Advertising costs are expensed as they are incurred and are included in general and administrative expenses. Advertising costs for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to approximately $383 and $255, respectively.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company’s operations in Colombia are subject to the taxing jurisdiction of the Republic of Colombia. Tecnoglass LLC and Tecnoglass RE LLC are subject to the taxing jurisdiction of the United States. TGI and Tecnoglass Holding are subject to the taxing jurisdiction of the Cayman Islands. Annual tax periods prior to December 2013 are no longer subject to examination by taxing authorities in Colombia.

 

The Company believes that its income tax positions and deductions would be sustained on audit and does not anticipate any adjustments that would result in a material changes to its financial position. There are no significant uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The Company records interest and penalties, if any, as a component of income tax expense.

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under the asset and liability model (ASC 740 “Income Taxes”) and recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected impact of differences between the financial statements and tax bases of assets and liabilities and for the expected future tax benefit to be derived from tax loss and tax credit carry forwards. A valuation allowance is established when management determines that it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

ASC 740 also clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. The Company believes that its income tax positions and deductions would be sustained on audit and does not anticipate any adjustments that would result in a material changes to its financial position. Based on the Company’s evaluation, it has been concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The Company records interest and penalties, if any, as a component of income tax expense. 

 

Earnings per Share

 

The Company computes basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period. Income per share assuming dilution (diluted earnings per share) would give effect to dilutive options, warrants, and other potential ordinary shares outstanding during the period. Basic loss per share is computed by dividing loss available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted loss per share excludes options, warrants and other potential ordinary shares outstanding, since the effect is anti-dilutive. The calculation of the weighted-average number of ordinary shares includes 20,567,141 recapitalized shares, assumed to be outstanding as of January 1, 2013, and 3,647,529 ordinary shares of Andina Acquisition outstanding at the time of the Merger. The computation of basic and diluted income per share for the years ended January 1, 2014 and 2013 excludes the effect of Unit Purchase Options to purchase 900,000 units (consisting of one warrant and one ordinary share) because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.

 

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The following table sets forth the computation of the basic and diluted earnings per share for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per shares                
Net Income     20,318       22,312  
                 
Denominator                
Denominator for basic earnings per ordinary share - weighted average shares outstanding     24,347,620       20,677,067  
Effect of dilutive warrants     3,390,059       37,208  
Denominator for diluted earnings per ordinary share - weighted average shares outstanding     27,737,679       20,714,275  
                 
Basic earnings per ordinary share     0.83       1.08  
Diluted earnings per ordinary share     0.73       1.08  

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (ASU 201-09). ASU 201-09 provides guidance for revenue recognition and affects any entity that either enters into contracts with customers to transfer goods or services or enters into contracts for the transfer of nonfinancial assets and supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in Topic 605, “Revenue Recognition,” and most industry-specific guidance. The core principle of ASU 2014-09 is the recognition of revenue when a company transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the company expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. ASU 2014-09 defines a five-step process to achieve this core principle and, in doing so, companies will need to use more judgment and make more estimates than under the current guidance. These may include identifying performance obligations in the contract, estimating the amount of variable consideration to include in the transaction price and allocating the transaction price to each separate performance obligation. ASU 2014-09 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods therein, using either of the following transition methods: (i) a full retrospective approach reflecting the application of the standard in each prior reporting period with the option to elect certain practical expedients, or (ii) a retrospective approach with the cumulative effect of initially adopting ASU 2014-09 recognized at the date of adoption (which includes additional footnote disclosures). Early adoption is not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the method and impact the adoption of ASU 2014-09 will have on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and disclosures.

 

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Note 4. Revision to prior year financial statements

 

The Company revised the presentation of trade accounts receivable, due from related parties and long term receivables from related parties in its consolidated financial statement balance sheets for the year ending December 31, 2013 to reflect amounts due the Company that had not been reconciled and recorded on a timely basis into the correct balance sheet accounts. The Company subsequently executed a long term payment agreement as of December 31, 2014 with related party Ventanas Solar. The correction of the error did not affect previously reported net income in either of the years ended December 31, 2013 or 2014.

 

A tabular summary of the revisions to correct these errors is presented below:

 

    Consolidated Balance Sheet  
    Year ended December 31, 2013  
    Previously           Revised  
    Reported     Revisions     Reported  
Trade accounts receivables, net     59,010       (8,082 )     50,928  
Due from related parties     19,058       2,360       21,418  
Total current assets     160,570       (5,722 )     154,848  
                         
Long term receivables from related parties     -       5,722       5,722  
                         
Total assets     248,214       -       248,214  
                         
Net income     22,312       -       22,312  

 

The Company analyzed the errors under SEC staff guidance (Staff Accounting Bulletin 108) and determined that the errors are immaterial on a quantitative and qualitative basis and that it is probable that the judgment of a reasonable person relying upon the financial statements would not have been changed or influenced by the inclusion or correction of the items in the year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Note 5. Variable Interest Entities

 

The Company conducted an evaluation as a reporting entity of its involvement with certain significant related party business entities as of December 31, 2013 and 2014 in order to determine whether these entities were variable interest entities requiring consolidation or disclosures in the financial statements of the Company. The Company evaluated two entities with whom it has maintained significant commercial relationships since 2004.

 

ES Windows LLC (“ESW LLC”), a Florida LLC, imports and resells the Company’s products in the United States and acts as a freight forwarder for certain raw materials inventory purchased in the United States. The Company’s CEO and COO, other family members, and other related parties own 100% of the equity in ESW LLC. The Company’s sales to ESW LLC for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $37.1 million and $28.9 million, respectively. Outstanding receivables from ESW LLC at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 were $13.8 million and $11.8 million, respectively.

 

Ventanas Solar S.A. (“VS”), a Panama sociedad anonima, is an importer and installer of the Company’s products in Panama . Family members of the Company’s CEO and CFO and other related parties own 100% of the equity in VS . The Company’s sales to VS for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $0.2 million and $7.9 million respectively. Outstanding receivables from VS at December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $12.2 million and $10.8 million respectively, including a three year payment agreement for trade receivables for $4.2 million as of December 31, 2014 related to a collection agreement, pursuant to when VS collects the Company’s receivables from customers in Panama.

 

Management evaluated several factors, including whether (i) these entities required subordinated financial support from the Company in order to operate, (ii) what variable interests existed in the risks and operations of the entities, (iii) what explicit or implicit interests the Company had in these entities as a result of the significant commercial relationships, (iv) whether the Company or its related parties had the controlling financial interests in these entities, and as a result, (v) who were the primary beneficiaries of those controlling variable interests. In order to evaluate these considerations, the Company analyzed the designs and initial purposes of these entities using available quantitative information, qualitative factors and guidance under ASC 810-10-25 Consolidation and related Subsections.

 

As of the date of the initial evaluation and for the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company concluded that (i) both entities are deemed variable interest entities because of the presence and effect of significant related parties; (ii) neither variable interest entity requires subordinated financial support for its operations as these operations are designed to provide residual returns to their equity investors, (iii) the Company’s explicit variable interests are its arms-length commercial relationships which do not absorb the entities’ risks and variability, (iv) that neither the Company nor its related parties had the controlling financial interests but that, as a related party group, they had controlling financial interest, and finally (v) the CEO, COO, family members and other equity investors are more closely related to the ESW LLC and VS and were therefore the primary beneficiaries of those entities’ variable interests and residual returns or eventual losses, not the Company. The Company concluded that consolidation of these entities was not indicated.

 

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No subordinated financial support has been provided to these entities as of December 31, 2014 or as of December 31, 2013.

 

Note 6. Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The carrying amounts of the Company’s financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and advances from customers approximate their fair value due to their relatively short-term maturities. The Company bases its fair value estimate for long term debt obligations on its internal valuation that all debt is floating rate debt based on current interest rates in Colombia.

 

Note 7. Trade Accounts Receivable

 

Trade accounts receivable consists of the following:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Trade accounts receivable   $ 45,065     $ 51,331  
Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts     (110 )     (403 )
    $ 44,955     $ 50,928  

 

The changes in allowances for doubtful accounts for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are as follows:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Balance at beginning of year   $ 403     $ 273  
Provision for bad debts     20       265  
Deductions and write-offs     (313 )     (135 )
Balance at end of year   $ 110     $ 403  

 

Note 8. Advances and Other Receivables

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Advances to Suppliers and Loans   $ 1,353     $ 8,310  
Prepaid Income Taxes and Social Contributions   $ 3,376     $ 2,281  
Employee Receivables   $ 552     $ 374  
Other Creditors   $ 227     $ 2,200  
    $ 5,508     $ 13,165  

 

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Included in advances to suppliers and loans is a loan to Finsocial, a company that makes loans to public school system teachers. At December 31, 2014 and 2013 the loan balances were $2,255 and $4,308 respectively .

 

Note 9. Inventories

 

Inventories are comprised of the following

 

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Raw materials   $ 22,421     $ 17,121  
Work in process     2,136       3,243  
Finished goods     2,158       2,741  
Stores and spares     2,371       2,404  
Packing material     171       110  
      29,257       25,619  
Less: inventory allowances     (292 )     (1,438 )
    $ 28,965     $ 24,181  

 

Note 10. Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment comprises the following:

 

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
             
Building   $ 36,228     $ 34,710  
Machinery and equipment     76,497       61,539  
Office equipment and software     2,868       3,221  
Vehicles     1,412       1,193  
Furniture and fixtures     1,651       1,888  
Total property, plant and equipment     118,656       102,551  
Accumulated depreciation and amortization     (31,646 )     (27,403 )
Net value of property and equipment     87,010       75,148  
Land     16,970       12,234  
Total property, plant and equipment, net   $ 103,980     $ 87,382  

 

Depreciation and amortization expense inclusive of capital lease amortization was $ 8,542 and $7,238 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

 

In the year ended December 31, 2014 the Company purchased land adjacent to the Company’s current facilities for approximately $ 6.1 million and purchased land and warehouses in Miami-Dade County, Florida for approximately $5.2 million. These purchases bring the Company’s total manufacturing facilities to approximately 2.5 million square feet.

 

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Note 11. Long-Term Debt

 

Long-term debt is comprised of the following:

 

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Obligations under borrowing arrangements   $ 94,198     $ 77,817  
Less: Current portion of long-term debt and other current borrowings     54,925       29,720  
Long-term debt   $ 39,273     $ 48,097  

 

At December 31, 2014, the Company owed approximately $94,198 under its various borrowing arrangements with several banks in Colombia and Panama including obligations under various capital leases as discussed below. The bank obligations have maturities ranging from nine months to 15 years that bear interest at rates ranging from 4.56 % to 12.01%. These loans are generally secured by substantially all of the Company’s accounts receivable or inventory, except for the 15-year mortgage secured by the Company’s real properties in Miami-Dade County. Certain obligations include covenants and events of default including requirements that the Company maintain a minimum debt to EBITDA ratio, a minimum debt service ratio, total debt to total assets ratio and sales growth ratios.

 

The Company was not in compliance with certain financial covenants as of December 31, 2013 for its financial obligations with Banco Colpatria. In April 2014, the bank confirmed with the Company it would take no actions to accelerate payments, increase interest, or any other actions as a result of the non-compliance with the covenants against the Company. In December 2014, the loan agreement with Colpatria was modified to exclude covenants as a basis for underwriting compliance. At December 31, 2014, the Company was in compliance with all its covenants for its financial obligations.

 

Net proceeds from debt were $9,185 and $8,372 during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, consisting of $87,109 and $21,237 new obligations entered with similar terms to existing debt, and repayments of debt for $77,924 and $12,865 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

Maturities of long term debt and other current borrowings are as follows as of December 31, 2014:

 

Year Ending December 31,        
2015   $ 51,101  
2016     11,690  
2017     6,538  
2018     3,815  
2019     2,170  
Thereafter     3,379  
Total   $ 78,693  

 

Revolving Lines of Credit

 

The Company has approximately $1.9 million available in two lines of credit under a revolving note arrangement as of December 31, 2014. The floating interest rates on the revolving notes are between DTF+6% and DTF+7%. DTF is the primary measure of interest rates in Colombia. The notes are secured by all assets of the Company. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, $375 and $1,872 was outstanding under these lines, respectively.

 

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Capital Lease Obligations

 

The Company is obligated under various capital leases under which the aggregate present value of the minimum lease payments amounted to approximately $15,505. The present value of the minimum lease payments was calculated using discount rates ranging from 7.94% to 12.20%.

 

The future minimum lease payments under all capital leases at December 31, 2014 are as follows:

 

Year Ending December 31,        
2015   $ 3,824  
2016     3,621  
2017     2,412  
2018     1,141  
2019     1,366  
Thereafter     3,141  
Total   $ 15,505  

 

Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 was $8.9 million and $7.9 million, respectively.

 

Note 12. Note Payable to Shareholder

 

From September 5, 2013 to November 7, 2013 A. Lorne Weil loaned the Company $150 of which $70 was paid at closing of the Merger and $80 remained unpaid as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013.

 

Note 13. Income Taxes

 

The Company files income tax returns for TG and ES in the Republic of Colombia where, as a general rule, taxable income for companies is subject to a 25% Income Tax rate, except for taxpayers with special rates approved by the Congress. A minimum taxable income is calculated as 3% of net equity on the last day of the immediately preceding period and is used as taxable income if it is higher than taxable income otherwise calculated.

 

On December 23, 2014, Colombia’s president signed into effect a tax reform bill amending the Colombian Tax Statute fixing the Income Tax Rate at 25%. A CREE Tax based on taxable income also applies at a rate of 9% to certain taxpayers including the Company. Prior to the reform, the CREE Tax would only apply for years 2013-2015. The reform makes the CREE tax rate of 9% permanent and an additional CREE Surtax will also apply for the years 2015 through 2018 at varying rates. The Income tax reform resulted in deffered tax liabilities being increased by $286 at December 31, 2014 when compared with previous income tax rates.

 

The following table summarizes income tax rates under the tax reform law.

 

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    2015     2016     2017     2018     2019  
Income Tax     25 %     25 %     25 %     25 %     25 %
CREE Tax     9 %     9 %     9 %     9 %     9 %
CREE Surtax     5 %     6 %     8 %     9 %     -  
Total Tax on Income     39 %     40 %     42 %     43 %     34 %

 

The components of income tax expense (benefit) are as follows:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Current income tax                
Foreign   $ 9,453     $ 4,183  
Deferred income Tax                
Foreign     (915 )     4,513  
Total Provision for Income Tax   $ 8,538     $ 8,696  

  

A reconciliation of the statutory tax rate in Colombia to the Company’s effective tax rate is as follows:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Income tax expense at statutory rates     34.0 %     34.0 %
                 
Non-deductible expenses     1.6 %     6.5 %
Non-taxable income     -6.0 %     -12.2 %
Effective tax rate     29.6 %     28.3 %

  

The Company’s effective tax rate of 29.6% for the year ended December 31, 2014 reflects non-deductible income (losses) of $3,744 mostly due to the change in fair value of the Company’s warrant liability and other non-deductible expenses such as amortization of intangible assets.

 

The Company has the following net deferred tax assets and liabilities:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Deferred tax assets:                
Accounts Receivable Clients - not delivered FOB   $ 1,260     $ 518  
Accounts Receivable Clients - POC     2,452       849  
Depreciation     1,542       465  
Financials Liabilities     5          
Provision Inventory obsolescence     114       489  
Total deferred tax assets   $ 5,373     $ 2,321  
                 
Deferred tax liabilities:                
Inventory - not delivered FOB   $ 984     $ 405  
Accounts Receivable Clients - POC     6,325       4,706  
Depreciation     485       565  
Financials Liabilities     -       78  
Provision Accounts Receivable     622       944  
Total deferred tax liabilities   $ 8,416     $ 6,698  
Net deferred tax liability   $ 3,043     $ 4,377  

 

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The Company does not have any uncertain tax positions for which it is reasonably possible that the total amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits will increase or decrease within twelve months of December 31, 2014. The unrecognized tax benefits may increase or change during the next year for items that arise in the ordinary course of business.

 

Note 14. Fair Value Measurements

 

The Company accounts for financial assets and liabilities in accordance with accounting standards that define fair value and establish a framework for measuring fair value. The hierarchy prioritizes the inputs into three broad levels. Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Level 2 inputs are quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly through market corroboration, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument. Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs based on the Company’s assumptions used to measure assets and liabilities at fair value. A financial asset’s or liability’s classification within the hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis:

 

    Quotes
Prices
    Significant
Other
    Significant  
    in Active     Observable     Unobservable  
    Markets     Inputs     Inputs  
At December 31, 2014   (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
Warrant Liability     -       -       19,991  
Interest Rate Swap Derivative Liability     -       134       -  
Long Term Receivables from Related Parties             4,220          

 

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    Quotes
Prices
    Significant
Other
    Significant  
    in Active     Observable     Unobservable  
    Markets     Inputs     Inputs  
At December 31, 2013   (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
Warrant Liability     -       -       18,280  
Interest Rate Swap Derivative Liability     -       178       -  
Foreign Currency Forward Liability             53          

 

Note 15. Related Parties

 

The Company’s major related party entities disclosed in this footnote are: (i) ES Windows LLC (“ESW LLC”), a Florida LLC partially owned by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, (ii) Ventanas Solar S.A. (“VS”), an importer and installer based in Panama owned by related party family members, (iii) Union Temporal ESW (“UT ESW”), a temporary contractual joint venture with Ventanar S. A. under Colombian law that is managed by related parties and that expires at the end of its applicable contract, (iv) UT Semáforos Barranquilla (“UT SB”), a temporary contractual joint venture with related party Construseñales S.A. under Colombian law that expires at the end of its applicable contract, (v) A Construir S.A., a heavy construction company in which the Company’s CEO, COO and other related parties are equity investors, (vi) Construseñales S.A., a traffic signal construction company in which the Company’s CEO, COO and other related parties are equity investors.

 

The following is a summary of assets, liabilities, and income and expense transactions with all related parties, shareholders, directors and managers:

 

    At December 31,     At December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Current Assets                
Due from ESW LLC   $ 13,814     $ 11,823  
Due from VS     7,979       5,050  
Due from UT ESW     2,001       3,199  
Due from other related parties     4,534       1,346  
    $ 28,327     $ 21,418  
                 
Trade receivable from VS   $ 4,220     $ 5,722  
                 
Liabilities                
Due to A Construir S.A.   $ (995 )   $ (2,314 )
Due to UT SB     -       (1,287 )
Due to Construseñales S.A.     -       (3,633 )
Due to other related parties     (461 )     (1,163 )
    $ (1,456 )   $ (8,397 )

 

Sales to other related parties was less than $0.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

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    Year Ended  
    2014     2013  
Revenues-                
Sales to ESW LLC and VS   $ 47,630     $ 28,788  
                 
Expenses-                
Fees paid to Directors and Officers     1,327       408  
Paid to other related parties     3,549       512  

   

In 2014, the Company and VS executed a three year payment agreement for recovery of trade receivables outstanding for $6.6 million with an interest rate of Libor + 4.7% paid semiannually. As of December 31, 2014, the payment plan was accounted for at fair value.

 

 In 2013, the Company guaranteed a loan for $163 used to develop a lot adjacent to the Alutions plant into a related party fuel service station, Santa Maria del Mar S.A. At December 31, 2014, the guarantee was in good standing and no liabilities have been recorded, and the Company was in the process of restructuring the guarantee to exclude the involvement of Tecnoglass, S.A., as required by the merger agreement. 

 

In April 2014, the Company guaranteed approximately $300 of bank loans for the Company’s Foundation. As of December 31, 2014, the loan balance was $60, and the guarantee is in good standing. No liabilities have been recorded.

 

In December 2014, ESW LLC, a related party, guaranteed a mortgage loan for $3,920 for the acquisition of real properties in Miami-Dade County, Florida by Tecnoglass RE LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

Note 16. Derivative Financial Instruments

 

In 2012, the Company entered into two interest rate swap (IRS) contracts as economic hedges against interest rate risk through 2017, and two currency forward contracts as economic hedges against foreign currency rate risk on U.S. dollar loans. The currency forwards expired in January 2014. Hedge accounting treatment per guidance in ASC 815-10 and related Subsections was not pursued at inception of the contracts. Changes in the fair value of the derivatives will be recorded in current earnings. The derivative contracts were initially recorded on the balance sheet as liabilities as December 31, 2013, at an aggregate fair value of $230.

 

The Company entered into three interest rate swap (IRS) contracts as economic hedges against interest rate risk on its peso loans through 2017. Hedge accounting treatment per guidance in ASC 815-10 and related Subsections was not pursued at inception of the contracts. . Changes in the fair value of the derivatives are recorded in current earnings. The derivative contracts were initially recorded on the balance sheet as liabilities as of December 31, 2014 at an aggregate fair value of $134

 

Note 17. Warrant Liability

  

The fair value of the warrant liability was determined by the Company using the Binomial Lattice pricing model. This model is dependent upon several variables such as the instrument’s expected term, expected strike price, expected risk-free interest rate over the expected instrument term, the expected dividend yield rate over the expected instrument term and the expected volatility of the Company’s stock price over the expected term. The expected term represents the period of time that the instruments granted are expected to be outstanding. The expected strike price is based upon a weighted average probability analysis of the strike price changes expected during the term as a result of the down round protection. The risk-free rates are based on U.S. Treasury securities with similar maturities as the expected terms of the options at the date of valuation. Expected dividend yield is based on historical trends. The Company measures volatility using a blended weighted average of the volatility rates for a number of similar publicly-traded companies. The inputs to the model were as follows:

 

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    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Stock Price   $ 10.15     $ 8.55  
Dividend Yield     N/A       N/A  
Risk-free rate     0.67 %     0.78 %
Expected Term     1.97       2.97  
Expected Volatility     33.62 %     44.69 %

 

The table below provides a reconciliation of the beginning and ending balances for the warrant liability measured using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3):

 

Balance - December 31, 2013   $ 18,280  
Fair value adjustment for year ended December 31, 2014     1,711  
Balance at December 31, 2014   $ 19,991  

 

Note 18. Commitments and Contingencies

 

Guarantees

 

Guarantees on behalf of or from related parties are disclosed in Note 15 - Related Parties.

 

Legal Matters

 

Tecnoglass S.A. and Tecnoglass USA, Inc., a related party, were named in a civil action for wrongful death, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress arising out of a workplace accident where a crate of glass fell and fatally crushed a worker during the unloading process. TG denied liability and rigorously defended the claim in court. TG’s insurance carrier provided coverage to TG under a $3.0 million wasting policy, which meant that the attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred during the defense of the claim reduced the amount of coverage available. On October 1, 2014 the case was settled. The plaintiffs accepted $1,075, with a payment time of 60 days. The Company’s insurance policy covered 90% of the loss.

 

Tecnoglass S.A. is also a named defendant in in the matter of Diplomat Properties, Limited Partnership as assignee of Shower Concepts, Inc. v. Tecnoglass Colombia, S.A. in the 17 th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida. Plaintiff Diplomat Properties, Limited (“Diplomat”) has asserted a claim for indemnification against TG and Tecnoglass USA, Inc. The claim arises from the supplying of glass shower doors to a hotel/spa in Broward County, Florida. Specifically, in 2006, Diplomat commenced arbitration against Shower Concepts, Inc. seeking damages for breach of contract due to fractures in the installed glass shower doors. Diplomat initiated a complaint asserting various claims which were dismissed with prejudice. The only remaining claim against the Tecnoglass entities is common law indemnification. TG denies liability and asserts that Shower Concepts was at fault and that as a joint tort feasor, it cannot sue for indemnity. A trial date has not yet been set for this case. Management and TG’s counsel believes that a liability in this claim is remote and immaterial and there are no significant reasonably estimated amounts for a possible loss.

 

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General Legal Matters

 

From time to time, the Company is involved in legal matters arising in the ordinary course of business. While management believes that such matters are currently not material, there can be no assurance that matters arising in the ordinary course of business for which the Company is, or could be, involved in litigation, will not have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

Note 19. Shareholder’s Equity

 

Preferred Shares

 

TGI is authorized to issue 1,000,000 preferred shares with a par value of $0.0001 per share with such designation, rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the Company’s board of directors.

 

As of December 31, 2014, there are no preferred shares issued or outstanding.

 

Ordinary Shares

 

The Company is authorized to issue 100,000,000 ordinary shares with a par value of $0.0001 per share. As of December 31, 2014, a total of 27,810,132 Ordinary shares were issued and outstanding which includes 3,000,000 Earnout shares which have been issued and placed in escrow but have no voting rights. The Earnout shares are not considered issued and outstanding as a matter of Cayman Islands law.

 

Legal Reserve

 

Colombian regulation requires that companies retain 10% of net income until it accumulates to least 50% of subscribed and paid in capital.

 

Restricted Securities

 

Energy Holding Corporation, the sole shareholder of Tecnoglass Holding whose shareholders are all of the former shareholders of Tecnoglass and ES, received 20,567,141 ordinary shares in consideration of all of the outstanding and issued ordinary shares of Tecnoglass Holding. Under the terms of the merger agreement, the shareholders of Energy Holding Corporation entered into lock-up agreements precluding the sale or transfer of their shares until December 20, 2014. Certain other holders of ordinary shares and warrants had been restricted from selling any of their securities until December 20, 2014. This restriction expired on that date.

 

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Energy Holding Corp. also has the contractual right to receive an additional 2,500,000 ordinary shares, to be released upon the attainment of specified share price targets or targets based on our EBITDA in the fiscal years ending December 31, 2015 or 2016. The following table sets forth the targets and the number of earnout shares issuable to Tecnoglass Holding shareholders upon the achievement of such targets:

 

    Ordinary
Share
  EBITDA Target     Number of Earnout
Shares
 
    Price Target   Minimum     Maximum     Minimum     Maximum  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/15   $ 13.00 per share   $ 35,000,000     $ 40,000,000       875,000       1,000,000  
Fiscal year ending 12/31/16   $ 15.00 per share   $ 40,000,000     $ 45,000,000       1,333,333       1,500,000  

 

If either the ordinary share target or the maximum EBITDA target is met in any fiscal year, Energy Holding Corp. receives the maximum number of earnout shares indicated for the year. In the event the ordinary share target is not met but the combined company’s EBITDA falls within the minimum and maximum EBITDA target for a specified year, the number of earnout shares to be issued will be interpolated between such targets. In the event neither the ordinary share target nor the minimum EBITDA target is met in a particular year, but a subsequent year’s share price or EBITDA target is met, Energy Holding Corp. will earn the earnout shares for the previous year as if the prior year’s target had been met.

 

Long Term Incentive Compensation Plan

 

On December 20, 2013, our shareholders approved our 2013 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (“2013 Plan”). Under the 2013 Plan, 1,593,917 ordinary shares are reserved for issuance in accordance with the plan’s terms to eligible employees, officers, directors and consultants. As of December 31, 2014, no awards had been made under the 2013 Plan.

 

Registration Statement and Company Securities

 

The Company filed a securities registration statement on Form S-1 on April 28, 2014, related to 31,362,216 ordinary shares and 5,500,000 warrants. This represents (i) 649,382 ordinary shares issued pursuant to two subscription agreements in connection with our initial business combination, (ii) 23,567,141 ordinary shares issued or to be issued as consideration in connection with our initial business combination, (iii) 1,050,000 ordinary shares issued in connection with our formation, (iv) 500,000 ordinary shares and 500,000 warrants underlying unit purchase options (and 500,000 ordinary shares underlying the warrants included in the unit purchase options) originally issued in connection with our initial public offering, (v) 4,800,000 warrants, or “insider warrants,” (and 4,800,000 ordinary shares underlying the insider warrants) purchased simultaneously with our initial public offering, (vi) 200,000 “working capital warrants,” (and 200,000 ordinary shares underlying the working capital warrants) upon conversion of a promissory note issued by us in consideration of a working capital loans and (vii) 95,693 ordinary shares sold pursuant to a subscription agreement in March 2014.

 

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The Company did not receive any proceeds from the sale of the securities in the registration statement, although the Company could receive up to $40.0 million upon the exercise of all of the insider warrants and working capital warrants, up to $9.4 million upon the exercise of the unit purchase options, up to $7.2 million upon the exercise of the warrants underlying such unit purchase options and up to $33.6 million upon the exercise of the warrants issued in the Public Offering. Any amounts received from such exercises will be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

 

Following the SEC’s Notice of Effectiveness dated June 16, 2014 of the Company’s registration statement on S-1, an aggregate of 102,570 warrants have been exercised for proceeds of $ 821 as of December 31, 2014. As of the latest practicable date before these consolidated financial statements were available for publication, a total of 120,570 warrants had been exercised for Company ordinary shares through March 20 th , 2015.

 

Issuance of Common Stock

 

In March 2014, the Company entered into an agreement with an affiliate of A Lorne Weil, the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman of the board, for the sale of 95,693 ordinary shares at a price of approximately $10.45 per share in a private placement transaction, for proceeds to the company of $1.0 million.

 

In December 2014, the Company entered into two asset purchase agreements with Glasswall LLC, a South Florida based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and door systems. Total consideration paid by the Company was $9,000, of which $4,000 were paid with the issuance of 388,199 ordinary shares issued to Glasswall at $10.30 per share.

 

In the year ended December 31, 2014, following the Notice of Effectiveness on June 16, 2014 of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, the Company has issued 102,570 ordinary shares to former warrant holders who exercised their warrants. Total proceeds from the warrant exercises have been $821 at $8.00 per share.

 

Note 20. Acquisitions

 

In June 2014, we acquired selected assets of RC Aluminum Industries, Inc. (“RC Aluminum”) for $1,900 million. RC Aluminum designs, manufactures and installs glass products for architects, designers, developers and general contractors. The primary assets acquired include approximately $70 million in RC Aluminum backlog for high-rise projects in South Florida, the right to complete a number of RC Aluminum’s contracted projects with an estimated value of approximately $12 million, and Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance (NOA) for more than 50 products manufactured and sold by RC Aluminum.

 

In December 2014, we acquired assets of Glasswall, LLC, a Miami, South Florida based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and door systems used in high-rise commercial and residential buildings. As part of the transaction, we acquired a 160,000 square foot warehouse / manufacturing / office facility in Miami for $5,167, and manufacturing and assembly equipment,and Miami-Dade NOAs for products manufactured and sold by Glasswall and other tangible and intangible assets for $4,134 accounted under other assets as of December 31, 2014, pending further assessment of the purchase price allocation. The Company did not acquire any equity interest or control of Glasswall and there was no goodwill related to this transaction. Total consideration consisted 388,199 ordinary shares for $4,000 in our stock and $5,301 million in cash financed in part by a 15-year, $3.920 term loan that we secured to acquire the facilities.

 

Fair value considerations
Assets Acquired      
Land   $ 1,952  
Buildings     3,215  
Other Assets     4,134  
Total     9,301  
         
Payment method        
Financial Obligations     3,920  
Common Stock     4,000  
Cash     1,381  
Total   $ 9,301  
         

 

Note 21. Segment and Geographic Information

 

The Company operates a single segment business for product sales which consists of geographical sales territories as follows:

 

    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Colombia     80,062       101,754  
United States     101,612       66,723  
Panama     11,351       10,210  
Other     4,427       4,607  
Total Revenues     197,452       183,294  

 

Note 22. Subsequent Events

 

Pursuant to the merger agreement and plan of reorganization and on filing of financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Energy Holding Corporation will receive an aggregate of 500,000 ordinary shares based on its achievement of specified EBITDA targets set forth in such agreement.

 

On April 14, 2015,  the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the payment of regular quarterly dividends to holders of its ordinary shares at a quarterly rate of $0.125 per share (or $0.50 per share on an annual basis). The Board of Directors also approved an Exchange Offer to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding warrants in exchange for ordinary shares of the Company at conversion ratio of three warrants in exchange for one ordinary share.  The Exchange Offer will remain open for a period of 30 days once exchange documentation is sent to warrant holders and the first quarterly dividend payment will be made to shareholders of record 15 days after the end of the Exchange Offer.

 

F- 29

 

 

Exhibit 21

 

Name of Subsidiary Description
   
Alcoy Group Worldwide S.A. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of Tecnoglass S.A.
   
Archena Continental Corp. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of Tecnoglass S.A.
   
Belagua Consultants Inc. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of Tecnoglass S.A.
   

C.I. Energía Solar S.A.

E.S. Windows

A sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Colombia, which is owned directly by five wholly-owned subsidiaries of Tecno Corporation.
   
Hollental Investors S.A. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of ES.
   
Isarco Investments Inc. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of ES.
   
Kodori Holdings S.A. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of ES.
   
Luena Commercial Corp. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of Tecnoglass S.A.
   
Mosela Ventures Corp. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of ES.
   
Ordesa Valley Inc. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of Tecnoglass S.A.
   
Pineta Services Inc. sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Panama, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecno Corporation and is one of five direct shareholders of ES.

 

 
 

 

Name of Subsidiary Description
   
Tecno Corporation An exempted company organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecnoglass Inc.
   
Tecnoglass LLC A Florida limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Florida in which Tecnoglass Inc. is the sole member.
   
Tecnoglass RE LLC

A Florida limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Florida in which Tecnoglass Inc. is the sole member.

 

Tecnoglass USA, Inc. A corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecnoglass.
   
Tecnoglass S.A. A sociedad anómina , organized under the laws of Colombia, which is owned directly by five wholly-owned subsidiaries of Tecno Corporation.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

RULE 13a-14 AND 15d-14

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED

 

I, Jose Daes, certify that:

 

1.          I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K of Tecnoglass Inc.;

 

2.          Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.          Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the issuer as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.           The issuer’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

(a)           Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under my supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the issuer is made known to me by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

(b)           Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

(c)           Evaluated the effectiveness of the issuer’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report my conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

(d)           Disclosed in this report any change in the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the issuer’s most recent fiscal quarter (the issuer’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

 
 

 

5.          The issuer’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on my most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the issuer’s auditors and the audit committee of the issuer’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

(a)           All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the issuer’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

(b)           Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: April 15, 2015

 

  /s/ Jose Daes
  Name: Jose Daes
  Title:   Chief Executive Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

RULE 13a-14 AND 15d-14

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED

 

I, Joaquin Fernandez, certify that:

 

1.          I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K of Tecnoglass Inc.;

 

2.          Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.           Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the issuer as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.           The issuer’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

(a)           Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under my supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the issuer is made known to me by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

(b)           Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

(c)           Evaluated the effectiveness of the issuer’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report my conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

(d)           Disclosed in this report any change in the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the issuer’s most recent fiscal quarter (the issuer’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

 
 

 

5.           The issuer’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on my most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the issuer’s auditors and the audit committee of the issuer’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

(a)           All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the issuer’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

(b)           Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the issuer’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: April 15, 2015

 

  /s/ Joaquin Fernandez
  Name: Joaquin Fernandez
  Title:   Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

Exhibit 32

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Annual Report of Tecnoglass Inc. (the “Company”) on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), each of the undersigned, in the capacities and on the dates indicated below, hereby certifies pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

1.          The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2.          The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operation of the Company.

 

Date: April 15, 2015

 

  /s/ Jose Daes
  Name: Jose Daes
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
    (Principal Executive Officer)
   
  /s/ Joaquin Fernandez
  Name: Joaquin Fernandez
  Title: Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)