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PLACEMENT AGENCY AGREEMENT
April 5, 2010
Roth Capital Partners, LLC
24 Corporate Plaza
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Ladies and Gentlemen:
eDiets.com, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “ Company ”), proposes, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, to issue and sell, through Roth Capital Partners, LLC (“ Roth ”), up to an aggregate of 5,275,000 shares (the “ Shares ”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “ Common Stock ”) to certain investors (each an “ Investor ” and, collectively, the “ Investors ”). The Shares are sometimes referred to herein as the “ Securities .”
The Company and Roth hereby confirm their agreement as follows:
1. Agreement to Act as Placement Agent.
(a) On the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements of the Company herein contained, and subject to all the terms and conditions of this Placement Agency Agreement (the “ Agreement ”), Roth shall serve as the exclusive placement agent in connection with the issuance and sale by the Company of the Securities from the Registration Statement (as defined in Section 2 below), with the terms of such offering (the “ Offering ”) to be subject to market conditions and negotiations between the Company, Roth and the Investors. Roth shall act on a best efforts basis and does not guarantee that it will be able to sell the Securities in the prospective Offering. It shall be a condition to the Offering that the Company enter into binding agreements (i) to convert all outstanding amounts under the Notes (as defined in Section 7(g)) into shares of Common Stock at a price no better than the purchase price of the Securities issued in the Offering (the “ Debt Conversion ”), which agreement shall be subject only to stockholder approval, the consummation of the Offering and certain customary conditions, and (ii) to sell to selected insiders, as agreed to by such persons and the Company, shares of Common Stock in an aggregate amount of no less than $500,000 on the same terms and conditions as the Securities are issued in the Offering (the “ PIPE ”), which agreement shall be subject only to stockholder approval, the consummation of the Offering and certain customary conditions. The Company shall use its best efforts to cause such agreements to be executed and to take any and all steps to cause such transactions to be presented to the Company’s stockholders for their approval.
(b) As compensation for services rendered, on the Closing Date (as defined below), the Company shall pay to Roth an aggregate amount equal to 7.0% of the gross proceeds received by the Company from the sale of the Securities. The purchase price to the Investors for each Share is US$1.00 (the “ Offering Price ”). Roth may retain other brokers or dealers to act as sub-agents on its behalf in connection with the Offering. The term of Roth’s exclusive engagement will be sixty (60) days from the date hereof (the “ Exclusive Term ”). Roth will be entitled to collect all fees earned through termination.
2. Registration Statement and Final Prospectus. The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “ Commission ”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-165445) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “ Securities Act ”), and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (the “ Rules and Regulations ”), and such amendments to such registration statement (including post effective amendments) as may have been required to the date of this Agreement. Such registration statement, as amended (including any post effective amendments), has been declared effective by the Commission. Such registration statement, as amended (including post effective amendments thereto), the exhibits and any schedules thereto and the documents and information otherwise deemed to be a part thereof or included therein by the Securities Act or otherwise pursuant to the Rules and Regulations, is herein called the “ Registration Statement .” If the Company has filed or files an abbreviated registration statement pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act (the “ Rule 462 Registration Statement ”), then any reference herein to the term Registration Statement shall include such Rule 462 Registration Statement. The Company will file with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act a prospectus supplement relating to the Securities to the form of prospectus included in the Registration Statement. Such prospectus in the form in which it appears in the Registration Statement is hereinafter called the “ Base Prospectus ,” and the final prospectus supplement as filed, along with the Base Prospectus, is hereinafter called the “ Final Prospectus .”
For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, the Rule 462 Registration Statement, the Base Prospectus, the Final Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing shall be deemed to include the copy filed with the Commission pursuant to its Interactive Data Electronic Applications or predecessor system. All references in this Agreement to amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement, the Rule 462 Registration Statement, the Base Prospectus, or the Final Prospectus shall be deemed to mean and include the subsequent filing of any document under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ Exchange Act ”), that is deemed to be incorporated therein by reference therein or otherwise deemed by the Rules and Regulations to be a part thereof.
3. Representations and Warranties Regarding the Offering.
(a) The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with, Roth, as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, except as otherwise indicated, as follows:
(i) At each time of effectiveness, at the date hereof and at the Closing Date, the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, complied or will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Rules and Regulations and did not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading. The Time of Sale Disclosure Package (as defined below) as of the date hereof and at the Closing Date, and the Final Prospectus, as amended or supplemented, at the time of filing pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act and at the Closing Date, did not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The representations and warranties set forth in the two immediately preceding sentences shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto or the Final Prospectus made in reliance upon, and in conformity with, written information furnished to the Company by Roth specifically for use in the preparation thereof. The Registration Statement contains all exhibits and schedules required to be filed by the Securities Act or the Rules and Regulations. No order preventing or suspending the effectiveness or use of the Registration Statement or the Final Prospectus is in effect and no proceedings for such purpose have been instituted or are pending, or, to the Knowledge of the Company, are threatened in writing by the Commission. The term “ Knowledge ” as used in this Agreement shall mean actual knowledge of the Company’s officers after due and reasonable inquiry.
(ii) The documents incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, when they became effective or were filed with the Commission, as the case may be, conformed in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as applicable, were filed on a timely basis with the Commission and none of such documents, when they were filed (or, if amendments to such documents were filed, when such amendments were filed), contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. Any further documents so filed and incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus, when such documents are filed with the Commission, will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Exchange Act, and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. As used in this paragraph and elsewhere in this Agreement, “ Time of Sale Disclosure Package ” means the Base Prospectus, the Final Prospectus most recently filed with the Commission before the time of this Agreement, any subscription agreement between the Company and the Investors, and any issuer free writing prospectus as defined in Rule 433 of the Act (each, an “ Issuer Free Writing Prospectus ”), if any, that the parties hereto shall hereafter expressly agree in writing to treat as part of the Time of Sale Disclosure Package.
(iii) The financial statements of the Company, together with the related notes, included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act and fairly present in all material respects the financial condition of the Company as of the dates indicated and the results of operations and changes in cash flows for the periods therein specified in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied throughout the periods involved; and the supporting schedules included in the Registration Statement present fairly in all material respects the information required to be stated therein. No other financial statements or schedules are required to be included in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus. To the Company’s Knowledge, Ernst & Young LLP is an independent public accounting firm with respect to the Company within the meaning of the Securities Act and the Rules and Regulations.
(iv) The Company had a reasonable basis for, and made in good faith, each “forward-looking statement” (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act or Section 21E of the Exchange Act) contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus.
(v) All statistical or market-related data included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package or the Final Prospectus are based on or derived from sources that the Company reasonably believes to be reliable and accurate, and the Company has obtained the written consent to the use of such data from such sources, to the extent required.
(vi) There is no action pending to delist the Common Stock from The NASDAQ Capital Market (“ NASDAQ ”), nor has the Company received any notification that NASDAQ is currently contemplating terminating such listing. When issued, the Shares will be listed on NASDAQ.
(vii) The Securities have been or will be qualified for sale under the securities laws of such jurisdictions (United States and foreign) as Roth determines, or are or will be exempt from the qualification and broker-dealer requirements of such jurisdictions, provided that the Company shall not be required to (A) qualify as a foreign corporation or other entity or as a dealer in securities in any such jurisdiction where it would not otherwise be required to so qualify, (B) file any general consent to service of process in any such jurisdiction, or (C) subject itself to taxation in any such jurisdiction if it is not otherwise so subject.
(viii) The Company has not taken, directly or indirectly, any action that is designed to or that has constituted or that would reasonably be expected to cause or result in the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Securities.
(ix) The Company is not an “ ineligible issuer ,” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Subject to Section 6(d) below, the Company represents and warrants that it has not prepared or had prepared on its behalf or used or referred to any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus in connection with the Offering. Subject to Section 6(d) below, the Company has not distributed and the Company will not distribute, prior to the completion of the distribution of the Securities, any offering material in connection with the Offering other than subscription agreements between the Company and the Investors and the Base Prospectus, the Final Prospectus, the Registration Statement, and copies of the documents, if any, incorporated by reference therein.
(x) The Company is not and, after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Securities, will not be required to register as an “investment company,” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
(b) Any certificate signed by any officer of the Company and delivered to Roth or to Roth’s counsel in connection with this offering shall be deemed a representation and warranty by the Company to Roth as to the matters covered thereby.
4. Representations and Warranties Regarding the Company.
(a) The Company represents and warrants to and agrees with Roth, except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, as follows:
(i) The Company and each of its subsidiaries has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation. The Company and each of its subsidiaries has the corporate power and authority to own its properties and conduct its business as currently being carried on and as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Disclosure Package and the Final Prospectus, and is duly qualified to do business as a foreign corporation in good standing in each jurisdiction in which it owns or leases real property or in which the conduct of its business makes such qualification necessary and in which the failure to so qualify would have or is reasonably likely to result in a material adverse effect upon the business, properties, operations, condition (financial or otherwise) or results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or in its ability to perform its obligations under this Agreement (“ ˆŸÂeMaterial Adverse Effect ”).
(ii) The Company has the corporate power and authority to enter into this Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company, and constitutes a valid, legal and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as rights to indemnity hereunder may be limited by federal or state securities laws and except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or similar laws affecting the rights of creditors generally and subject to general principles of equity.
(iii) The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions herein contemplated will not (A) result in a breach or violation of any of the terms and provisions of, or constitute a default under, any law, rule or regulation to which the Company or any subsidiary is subject, or by which any property or asset of the Company or any subsidiary is bound or affected, (B) conflict with, result in any violation or breach of, or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, or give to others any right of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation (with or without notice, lapse of time or both) of, any agreement, lease, credit facility, debt, note, bond, mortgage, indenture or other instrument (the “ Contracts ”) or obligation or other understanding to which the Company or any subsidiary is a party of by which any property or asset of the Company or any subsidiary is bound or affected, or (C) result in a breach or violation of any of the terms and provisions of, or constitute a default under, the Company’s charter or bylaws, except in the case of clauses (A) and (B) such breaches, violations, defaults, or conflicts which are not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably likely to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
(iv) All consents, approvals, orders, authoriza