Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

NOTE 10: - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

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NOTE 10: - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]
NOTE 10:–                      COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

a.                 Royalty commitments:

Under Epsilor-EFL’s research and development agreements with the Office of the Chief Scientist (“OCS”), and pursuant to applicable laws, Epsilor-EFL is required to pay royalties at the rate of 3%-3.5% of net sales of products developed with funds provided by the OCS, up to an amount equal to 100% of research and development grants received from the OCS. Amounts due in respect of projects approved after 1999 also bear interest at the LIBOR rate. Epsilor-EFL is obligated to pay royalties only on sales of products in respect of which OCS participated in their development. Should the project fail, Epsilor-EFL will not be obligated to pay any royalties or refund the grants.  During 2014 and 2013, Epsilor-EFL received grants in the total amount of $177,918 and zero, respectively. 

Royalties expensed for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 to the OCS amounted to zero and $14,997, respectively.

b.                 Lease commitments:

The Company rents its facilities under various operating lease agreements, which expire on various dates through 2025. The minimum rental payments under non-cancelable operating leases are as follows:

December 31
 
Minimum rental payments
 
2015
 
$
1,138,021
 
2016
   
1,063,403
 
2017
   
1,022,752
 
2018
   
527,579
 
2019
   
382,296
 
Thereafter
   
2,059,708
 
Total
 
$
6,193,759
 

Total rent expenses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $1,366,192 and $887,796, respectively.

c.                 Guarantees:

The Company obtained bank guarantees in the amount of $381,187 in connection with (i) obligations of one of the Company’s subsidiaries to the Israeli customs authorities, and (ii) the obligation of one of the Company’s subsidiaries to secure the return of products loaned to the Company from one of its customers.

d.                 Liens:

As security for compliance with the terms related to the investment grants from the State of Israel, Epsilor-EFL has registered floating liens (that is, liens that apply not only to assets owned at the time but also to after-acquired assets) on all of its assets, in favor of the State of Israel.

The Company has $385,000 in credit liens collateralized by the assets of the Company and guaranteed by the Company.

Epsilor-EFL has recorded a lien on all of its assets in favor of its banks to secure overdraft protection. In addition Epsilor-EFL has a specific pledge on assets in respect of which government guaranteed loans were given.

e.                 Litigation and other claims:

As of the date of this filing, there were no material pending legal proceedings against the Company.