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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D. C. 20549

 

Form 10-K /A

Amendment No. 1

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018

 

OR

 

☐ 

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: 001-35637

ASTA FUNDING, INC.

 

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Delaware

22-3388607

(State or Other Jurisdiction of   Incorporation or Organization)

(I.R.S. Employer   Identification No.)

   
   

 

 

210 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood

Cliffs, NJ

07632

(Zip Code)

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

  

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (201) 567-5648

 

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

 

Title of each class

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $.01 per share

NASDAQ Global Select Market

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act

   Yes   ☐          No   ☑

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act  

Yes   ☐         No     ☑

 

☐     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   ☑        No   ☐

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    

Yes   ☑       No   ☐

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.     ☑

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 

Large Accelerated Filer ☐

Accelerated Filer ☐

 

 

Non-Accelerated Filer ☑ 

Smaller reporting company ☑

 

 

 Emerging growth company ☐

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  Yes   ☐     No   ☑

 

The aggregate market value of voting and nonvoting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $9,641,265 as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter in 2018.

 

As of December 20, 2018 , the registrant had 6,685,415 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding.

  

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

On December 21, 2018, Asta Funding, Inc. (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 (the “Original 10-K”). This Amendment No. 1 (the “Amendment”) amends Part III, Items 10 through 14 of the Original 10-K to include information previously omitted from the Original 10-K in reliance on General Instruction G(3) to Form 10-K. General Instruction G(3) to Form 10-K provides that registrants may incorporate by reference certain information from a definitive proxy statement which involves the election of directors if such definitive proxy statement is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year. The Company does not anticipate that its definitive proxy statement involving the election of directors will be filed before January 28, 2019 (i.e., within 120 days after the end of the Company's 2018 fiscal year). Accordingly, Part III of the Original 10-K is hereby amended and restated as set forth below. The information included herein as required by Part III, Items 10 through 14 of Form 10-K is more limited than what is required to be included in the definitive proxy statement to be filed in connection with our annual meeting of shareholders.

 

In addition, as required by Rule 12b-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), new certifications by our principal executive officers and principal financial officer are filed as exhibits to this Amendment under Item 15 of Part IV hereof.

 

Except as stated herein, this Amendment does not reflect events occurring after the filing of the Original 10-K with the SEC on December 21, 2018, and no attempt has been made in this Amendment to modify or update other disclosures as presented in the Original 10-K.

 

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

   

Page

     
PART III    

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

1

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

3

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

7

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

8

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

8

     
PART IV    

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

10

  

 

 

PART III

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.  

 

Board of Directors

 

The members of our Board of Directors as of January 25, 2019, positions and their respective ages on that date were:

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

Gary Stern

 

66

 

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Timothy Bishop

 

68

 

Director, Audit Committee Member, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair and Compensation Committee Member

Michael Monteleone

 

61

 

Director, Audit Committee Chair

Louis A. Piccolo   67   Director

David Slackman

 

71

 

Director, Audit Committee Member, Compensation Committee Chair and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member

 

The Business Experience and Qualifications of Each Director

 

We believe that our Board of Directors should be composed of individuals with sophistication and experience in many substantive areas that impact our business. We believe that experience, qualifications, or skills in the following areas are most important: experience in the distressed consumer credit industry; regulatory; accounting and finance; capital markets; strategic planning; human resources and development practices; and board practices of other corporations. We believe that all of the current members of our Board of Directors possess the professional and personal qualifications necessary for board service, and have highlighted particularly noteworthy attributes for each such member in the individual biographies below. The principal occupation and business experience, for at least the past five years, of each current director is as follows:

 

Gary Stern has been a director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since our inception in July 1994. Mr. Stern assumed the role of Chairman in January 2009. Mr. Stern had been Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a director of Asta Group, a holding company and current affiliate of the Company, since 1980, and has held other positions with Asta Group prior thereto. In such capacities, he has obtained substantial experience in distressed consumer credit analysis and receivables collections. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Stern possesses particular knowledge and experience in financial management and collections, which strengthens the Board of Directors’ collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

Timothy Bishop has been a director of the Company since July 2018. Mr. Bishop served Southampton College for 29 years, leaving the position of Provost in 2002 to make his first-ever run for office, when he was elected to represent New York's 1st Congressional District in one of the closest elections in the nation. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives five times. Congressman Bishop graduated from Southampton High School and holds a BA in History from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University. During his time in Congress, Mr. Bishop served on the House Budget Committee for four years, and served as either the Vice-Chair or Co-Chair of the Democratic Budget group for all twelve years he was in Congress. Mr. Bishop previously served as a director of SFX Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded media and entertainment company, during the period for which he served. Additionally, Mr. Bishop served as the budget officer for Southampton College for approximately 22 years. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Bishop possesses particular knowledge and experience in budget preparation, control and analysis, which strengthens the Board of Directors’ collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

Michael Monteleone has been a director of the Company since January 2019. Mr. Monteleone is a retired audit partner formerly with KPMG LLP, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services, where he served as an SEC Reviewing Partner from January 2010 to December 2018. Mr. Monteleone possesses particular knowledge and experience in audit and accounting matters, which strengthens the Board of Directors’ collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

Louis A. Piccolo has been a director of the Company since June 2004. Mr. Piccolo has served as President of A.L. Piccolo & Co., Inc., a business consulting firm specializing in management and financial consulting, since 1988. Mr. Piccolo was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alfred Dunhill of London, Inc. from 1983 to 1988, and held the same positions at Debenham’s PLC, from 1981 to 1983. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Piccolo was a senior accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Piccolo possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting and management, which strengthens the Board of Directors’ collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

 

David Slackman has been a director of the Company since May 2002. Mr. Slackman has served as Managing Director at HT Capital Advisors LLC from August 2008 to present. Mr. Slackman served as President, Manhattan Market (New York) of Commerce Bank from January 2001 through June 2008. Mr. Slackman was an Executive Vice President of Atlantic Bank of New York from 1994 to 2001 and a Senior Vice President of the Dime Savings Bank from 1986 to 1994. Since 2012, Mr. Slackman has served as Chairman of the New York City Advisory Board of Sterling National Bank. In 2015, Mr. Slackman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York League of Independent Bankers until September 2016, a non-profit trade association for commercial banks in the New York metropolitan area. In October 2018, Mr. Slackman resigned his position at Sterling Bank to accept a consulting position with Republic Bank (FRBK), of Philadelphia, in connection with its expansion into New York City. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Slackman possesses particular knowledge and experience in financial services and management, which strengthens the Board of Directors’ collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

No director serves or has served in the prior five years as a director of another company with a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act or a company registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, aside from Mr. Bishop’s service as a director of SFX Entertainment, Inc. indicated above.

 

Our executive officers as of January 25, 2019, who are not directors of the Company, their positions and their respective ages on that date are:

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

Bruce R. Foster

 

59

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ricky Stern

 

34

 

Senior Vice President

Seth Berman

 

56

 

Secretary and General Counsel

 

Our executive officers serve at the discretion of the board of directors, subject to rights, if any, under contracts of employment.

 

Bruce R. Foster , CPA , age 59, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since March 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Foster served as Chief Financial Officer from December 2005 to February 2016 of 4Licensing Corporation, formerly known as 4Kids Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company engaged in entertainment licensing, where he was employed since 2002. He also worked in public accounting for 15 years with Deloitte, an international public accounting firm, as well as other regional public accounting firms. 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. filed a voluntarily petition for bankruptcy in April 2011 and, after emerging from bankruptcy in December 2012, filed a subsequent voluntary petition in September 2016.

 

Ricky Stern , age 34, was appointed as Senior Vice President in March 2014. Prior to this appointment, Ricky served as our Assistant Treasurer from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining the Company he was an analyst with a brokerage firm from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011 he earned his Master’s Degree. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst, licensed health insurance producer in both New York and New Jersey and has attained the Accredited Disability Representative designation.

 

Seth Berman , Esq ., age 56, has served as our General Counsel since 2005, was named Chief Compliance Officer in April 2013 and became Secretary of the Board of Directors in May 2016. From 1997 through 2004, Mr. Berman was associated with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

 

Except as described above, there are no events or legal proceedings material to an evaluation of the ability or integrity of any executive officer of the Company. Moreover, no executive officer of the Company is a party adverse to the Company or has a material interest adverse to the Company in any legal proceeding.

 

Family Relationships

 

Gary Stern is the father of Ricky Stern.

 

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than ten percent of a registered class of our equity securities, to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of common stock and other equity securities of Asta Funding, Inc. Officers, directors and greater than ten percent stockholders are required by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.

 

To our knowledge, based solely on a review of the copies of such reports furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required, during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and greater than ten percent beneficial owners were filed in a timely manner.

 

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

 

We have adopted a written code of ethics that applies to our directors, officers and employees, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions. Our Code of Ethics is available without charge upon written request directed to Asta Funding, Inc., Attn: Bruce R. Foster, 210 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632. Additionally, our code of ethics is available on our website at www.astafunding.com . Any amendment to, or waiver of, a provision of our code of ethics that applies to our directors or executive officers will be disclosed on our website.

 

Changes in Governance and Nominating Committee Procedures

 

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which stockholders may recommend individuals for consideration by the Governance and Nominating Committee as potential nominees for director since such procedures were last described in our proxy statement, filed with the SEC on October 29, 2018.

 

Audit Committee

 

We have a separately-designated standing audit committee established in accordance with the Exchange Act. Our Audit Committee generally assists our board of directors in its oversight of our accounting, financial reporting and internal control functions. The Audit Committee currently consists of Mr. Monteleone, who serves as Chairman, Mr. Bishop and Mr. Slackman. As required by Nasdaq rules, the members of the Audit Committee each qualify as “independent” under special standards established for members of audit committees. To qualify as “independent” to serve on the Audit Committee, the Nasdaq rules and the applicable rules of the SEC require that a director does not accept any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from us, other than for service as a director, or be an affiliated person of us. Our board of directors has concluded that the current composition of the Audit Committee meets the requirements for independence under the rules and regulations of Nasdaq and of the SEC. In accordance with SEC rules, the Audit Committee also includes at least one member who is determined by the board of directors to meet the qualifications of an “audit committee financial expert.” Mr. Monteleone and Mr. Slackman are the directors who have been determined by the board of directors to be the audit committee financial experts.

 

Director Independence

 

Nasdaq’s listing standards require that our board of directors consist of a majority of independent directors, subject to certain cure periods, as determined under the applicable Nasdaq listing standards. Our board of directors, consistent with the determination of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, has determined that each of Mr. Monteleone, Mr. Bishop and Mr. Slackman qualify as independent directors. In addition, as further required by Nasdaq rules, the board of directors, consistent with the determination of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, has made a subjective determination as to each independent director that no relationships exist which, in the opinion of the board of directors, would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. In making these determinations, our directors reviewed and discussed information provided by our directors and us with regard to each director’s business and personal activities as they may relate to us and our management.

 

 

Item 11.

E xecutive Compensation

 

Executive Compensation Table

 

We are currently considered a smaller reporting company for purposes of the SEC’s executive compensation disclosure rules. In accordance with such rules, we are required to provide a Summary Compensation Table (reporting two fiscal years of compensation) and an Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End Table, as well as limited narrative disclosures. Further, current reporting obligations extend only to our “Named Executive Officers” with respect to the 2018 year, which included Mr. Gary Stern, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and our two most highly compensated executive officers other than Mr. Gary Stern, Messrs. Foster and Berman, who were serving as of September 30, 2018. Additionally, while we are not required to disclose compensation for any other executive officers, we are choosing to voluntarily report compensation paid to Ricky Stern because he is considered an integral part of our executive management team as the manager of GAR Disability Advocacy, LLC, one of our wholly owned subsidiaries.

 

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table shows for the years ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 compensation awarded to or paid to our Named Executive Officers.

 

Name and principal position

Year

 

Salary

($)

   

Bonus

($)

   

Stock

Awards

($)

   

Option

Awards

($)

   

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($)

   

All Other

Compensation

($)(*)

   

Total ($)

 

Gary Stern

2018

  $ 600,000     $     $     $     $     $ 40,390     $ 640,390  

President and Chief Executive Officer

2017

  $ 600,000     $     $     $     $     $ 51,295     $ 651,395  

Bruce Foster

2018

  $ 275,000     $     $     $     $     $ 39,666     $ 314,666  

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer

2017

  $ 275,000     $ 150,000     $     $     $     $ 32,398     $ 457,398  

Ricky Stern

2018

  $ 280,000     $     $     $     $     $ 24,429     $ 304,429  

Senior Vice President and President of GAR Disability

2017

  $ 280,000     $     $     $     $     $ 27,636     $ 307,636  

Seth Berman

2018

  $ 275,000     $     $     $     $     $ 35,245     $ 310,245  

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary

2017

  $ 275,000     $ 20,000     $     $     $     $ 34,241     $ 329,241  

 

  (*)  

 

Name

Year

 

401(k)
Company
Match
($)

   

Health
Insurance
Premiums
($)(1)

   

Auto Fringe
($)

   

Severance
($)

   

Total ($)

 

Gary Stern

2017

  $ 11,166     $ 24,610     $ 4,614     $     $ 40,390  

Bruce R Foster

2017

  $ 10,577     $ 24,610     $ 4,479     $     $ 39,666  

Ricky Stern

2017

  $ 10,769     $ 10,635     $ 3,025     $     $ 24,429  

Seth Berman

2017

  $ 10,635     $ 24,610     $     $     $ 35,245  

 

Narrative Following Summary Compensation Table

 

Total compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers is generally divided among three principal components. Base salary is generally fixed and does not vary based on our financial and other performance. Other components, such as cash bonuses and stock options or other equity or equity-based awards, are variable and dependent upon our market performance. Historically, judgments about these elements have been made subjectively. In the case of stock options, the value is dependent upon our future stock price and, accordingly, such awards are intended to reward the Named Executive Officers for favorable Company-wide performance. Our Compensation Committee reviews total compensation to see if it falls in line with peer companies and may also look at overall market data. For fiscal year 2018, the Compensation Committee determined that our compensation program was generally competitive with the members of our peer group. Our goal to promote pay for performance emphasizes the variable elements of overall compensation over fixed base salaries. In this regard, it is our policy to emphasize long-term equity awards over short-term cash bonuses, as the long-term awards are intended to align with goals such as total shareholder return. Each of the three elements of executive compensation has been determined by evaluating our analysis of our financial performance, overall economic conditions and certain individual achievements, such as successful completion of assigned tasks.

 

 

With respect to the 2018 year, we held base salaries consistent with 2017 levels. We did not grant stock options or other equity-based compensation awards to our Named Executive Officers during the 2018 year, although each of our Named Executive Officers held outstanding stock option awards as detailed below. Our executive bonuses are dependent on meeting corporate objectives. Our annual performance-based bonus opportunities for all of our Named Executive Officers are dependent upon our achievement of annual corporate objectives established each year and, in the case of our Named Executive Officers other than our Chief Executive Officer, the individual officer’s contributions towards such corporate objectives. Our Board of Directors may choose to award additional bonuses based on significant corporate achievements that occur during the year. We maintain a reasonable limit on the maximum performance bonus that may be paid.

 

Severance and Change-in-Control Benefits. Currently, we have an employment agreement with our Chief Financial Officer, Bruce R. Foster. None of our other Named Executive Officers are providing services under an employment agreement, and would not receive severance benefits pursuant to any formal plan or program. Under his agreement, Mr. Foster will receive a base salary of $275,000, subject to annual increase, and be eligible to receive cash and non-cash bonuses at the discretion of the Board of Directors or a duly constituted committee of the Board. He will also be entitled to participate in any other benefit plans established by the Company for executive employees. Mr. Foster’s agreement has an 18 month non-compete and non-solicitation provision. The agreement has a one (1) year term, and the term will be extended by one year on each anniversary date of the agreement unless either party, at least 90 days prior to an anniversary dates, provides the other party with notice of its intention not to extend the term of the agreement. Under the agreement, Mr. Foster can be terminated with or without “cause,” as defined in the agreement. In the event he is terminated without “cause,” he will receive severance equal to three (3) months of his then current base salary. In the event of a change in control of the Company, Mr. Foster will receive a lump sum payment equal to two times his then current base salary.

 

Outstanding Option Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

The following table provides information on exercisable options held by the named executive officers on September 30, 2018. As of September 30, 2018 none of the Named Executive Officers held unvested stock option or stock awards.

 

   

Option Awards

 

Stock Awards

 

Name

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable

   

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable

   

Option
Exercise Price
($)

 

Option
Expiration
Date

 

Number of Shares or
Units of Stock That
Have Not Vested (#)

   

Market Value of
Shares or Units of
Stock That
Have Not Vested
($)

 

Gary Stern

    60,000           $ 7.63  

12/15/20

           
      100,000           $ 7.77  

12/13/21

           
      50,000           $ 8.49  

12/12/23

           
                                           

Ricky Stern

    10,000           $ 8.36  

12/22/21

           
      20,000           $ 9.57  

12/18/22

           
      20,000           $ 8.49  

12/12/23

           
                                           

Seth Berman

    2,500           $ 2.95  

5/5/19

           
      100           $ 8.07  

12/11/19

           
      30,000           $ 7.63  

12/15/20

           
      30,000           $ 7.77  

12/13/21

           
      20,000           $ 9.57  

12/18/22

           
      20,000           $ 8.49  

12/12/23

           

 

 

 

Director Compensation

 

Mr. Gary Stern received no compensation for serving as a director, except that he, like all directors, is eligible to be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in attending Board and committee meetings. All compensation that Mr. Gary Stern received during fiscal year 2018 has been reported above in his employee capacity within the Summary Compensation Table. For fiscal year 2018, the total annual fees that a director, other than Mr. Gary Stern, could have received for serving on our Board of Directors and committees of the Board of Directors were set as follows:

 

 

$45,000 for each member of the Board of Directors;

 

 

$35,000 for the Chairman of the Audit Committee;

 

 

$10,000 for Audit Committee Members;

 

 

$15,000 for Chairman of the Compensation Committee;

 

 

 

$7,500 for Compensation Committee Members;

 

 

$15,000 for Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee;

 

 

$7,500 for Nominating and Governance Committee Members.

 

The Audit Committee Chair fee was changed in January 2019 to $15,000 going forward.

 

 

The following table summarizes compensation paid to outside directors in fiscal 2018:

 

Name

 

Fees
Earned or
Paid in
Cash
($)

   

Option
Awards
($)(1)

   

Total ($)

 

Timothy Bishop

  $ 13,282  (2)   $     $ 13,282  

Mark Levenfus

  $ 102,153  (3)   $     $ 102,153  

Louis Piccolo

  $ 45,000  (4)   $     $ 45,000  

David Slackman

  $ 77,500  (5)   $     $ 77,500  

Edward Celano

  $ 52,500  (6)   $     $ 52,500  

 

(1)

No stock option awards were granted in fiscal year 2018.

 

(2)

Mr. Bishop was appointed to the Board on July 19, 2018. Includes, in addition to $9,049 for his prorated director retainer, $2,011 for his prorated fee for being a member of the Audit Committee, and $2,222 for his prorated fee for being a member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, then subsequently as Chairman of the Governance Committee, after Mr. Bishop assumed the role from Mr. Levenfus.

 

(3)

Includes, in addition to $45,000 director retainer, $35,000 for being Chairman of the Audit Committee, $7,500 for being a member of the Compensation Committee, and $14,653 for his prorated fee for being Chairman of the Governance Committee and then, subsequently as a member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, after Mr. Bishop assumed the role as Chairman. Mr. Levenfus resigned from the Board effective January 3, 2019. The Board appointed Mr. Monteleone as a director of the Company effective January 4, 2019, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Levenfus. 

 

(4)

Includes $45,000 director retainer.

 

(5)

Includes, in addition to $45,000 director retainer, $15,000 for being Chairman of the Compensation Committee, $10,000 for being a member of the Audit Committee, and $7,500 for being a member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors.

 

(6)

Includes, in addition to $33,750 for his prorated director retainer, $7,500 for his prorated fee for being a member of the Audit Committee, $5,625 for his prorated fee for being a member of the Governance Committee, and $5,625 for his prorated fee for being a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Celano passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2018.

 

 

Item  12.

Security Ownership Of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

 

The following table sets forth information as of January 19, 2019 with respect to beneficial ownership of our Common Stock by (i) each director and executive officer, including any person holding the position of CEO or CFO at any time during the fiscal year of 2018, (ii) each person known by us to own beneficially more than five percent of our outstanding Common Stock, and (iii) all directors and executive officers as a group. This table has been prepared based on 6,685,415 shares of Common Stock outstanding on January 19, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each beneficial owner is c/o Asta Funding, Inc., 210 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632. All persons listed have sole voting and investment power with respect to their shares unless otherwise indicated.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

 

Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership

   

Percentage(1)

 

GMS Family Investors LLC

    862,000  (2)     12.9

%

Asta Group, Incorporated

    842,000  (3)     12.6

%

Officers and Directors:

               

Ricky Stern

    2,521,250  (4)     37.4

%

Gary Stern

    2,212,657  (5)     32.1

%

Louis A. Piccolo

    138,500  (6)     2.0

%

Seth Berman

    102,600  (7)     1.5

%

David Slackman

    82,000  (8)     1.2

%

Michael Monteleone

           

Timothy H. Bishop

           

Bruce R. Foster

           
                 

All executive officers and directors as a group (8 persons)

    4,550,827  (9)     62.9

%

 

 

(1) Any shares of Common Stock that any person named above has the right to acquire within 60 days of January 19, 2019, are deemed to be outstanding for purposes of calculating the ownership percentage of such person, but are not deemed to be outstanding for purposes of calculating the beneficial ownership percentage of any other person not named in the table above.

 

(2) A limited liability company over which Ricky Stern has sole voting and investment power. Gary Stern has a 79.46% beneficial interest in the LLC, trusts for the benefit of the children of Gary Stern and of which Ricky Stern is the trustee have a combined 20.43% beneficial interest (10.215% each), and Arthur Stern has a .11% beneficial interest in the LLC.

 

(3) Asta Group, Incorporated (“Asta Group”) is owned by Arthur Stern, our former Chairman Emeritus and Director, Gary Stern, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and other members of the Stern family.

 

(4) Includes 50,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options. Includes 145,428 shares directly owned and 318,590 shares held in the Ricky Stern 2012 GST Trust for which he serves as co-trustee with Gary Stern, and has joint voting and investment power, and which are also reported as beneficially owned by Gary Stern. Includes 862,000 shares owned by GMS Family Investors LLC. Ricky Stern is the Manager of the LLC and as such has sole voting and investment power of such shares. Also includes 243,278 shares held in the Emily Stern Family 2012 Trust for which he is trustee, and has sole voting and investment power over such shares, and 714,364 shares held in the Ricky Stern Family 2012 Trust, for which he is trustee, and has sole voting and investment power over such shares. Also includes 187,590 shares held in the Emily Stern 2012 GST Trust for which he is co-trustee with Gary Stern, and which are also reported as beneficially owned by Gary Stern, and has joint voting and investment power over such shares.

 

(5) Includes 210,000 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options, 509,049 shares directly owned, and 842,000 shares of Common Stock owned by Asta Group, which shares are attributable to Gary Stern based on his role as an officer, director, and stockholder of Asta Group. Gary Stern disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares owned by Asta Group. Also includes 145,428 shares of Common Stock held by Mr. Stern’s adult child who shares his home, and for which he disclaims beneficial ownership, as well as 187,590 shares held in the Emily Stern 2012 GST Trust for which he is co-trustee with Ricky Stern, and which are also reported as beneficially owned by Ricky Stern, and has joint voting and investment power over such shares. Also includes 318,590 shares held in the Ricky Stern 2012 GST Trust for which he serves as co-trustee with Ricky Stern and has joint voting and investment power, and which are also reported as beneficially owned by Ricky Stern.

 

(6) Includes 127,500 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options within 60 days of January 25, 2019.

 

(7) Includes 100,100 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options within 60 days of January 25, 2019.

 

(8) Includes 67,500 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options within 60 days of January 25, 2019.

 

(9) Includes 555,100 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options that are exercisable within 60 days of January 25, 2019.

 

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

The following table gives information about our Common Stock that may be issued upon the exercise of options, warrants and rights under our 2012 Stock Option and Performance Award Plan, our Equity Compensation Plan and our 2002 Stock Option Plan, as of September 30, 2018.

 

Plan Category

 

(a)
Number of Securities
to be Issued Upon
Exercise of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights

   

(b)
Weighted-Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding Options,
Warrants and Rights

   

(c)
Number of Securities
Remaining Available for
Future Issuance Under
Equity Compensation
Plans (Excluding
Securities Reflected In
Column(a))

 

Equity Compensation Plans Approved by Stockholders

    728,867     $ 8.17       1,323,343  

Equity Compensation Plans Not Approved by Stockholders

                 

Total

    728,867     $ 8.17       1,323,343  

 

 

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.  

 

 

On December 28, 2011, the Company, through a newly-formed indirect subsidiary, ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC (“APH”), entered into a joint venture (the “Venture”) with Pegasus Legal Funding, LLC (“PLF”) to form Pegasus Funding, LLC (“Pegasus”) for a period of five (5) years (the “Term”) in accordance with an Operating Agreement between PLF and APH. The Venture purchases interests in personal injury claims from claimants who are a party to a personal injury litigation with the expectation of a settlement in the future. In connection with the Venture, Piccolo Business Advisory, which is owned by Louis Piccolo, a non-independent director of the Company, receives a fee from Pegasus, which is calculated at $350,000 per $10,000,000 loaned to Pegasus by Fund Pegasus, LLC, a subsidiary of the Company, up to a maximum of $700,000, including interest at 4% per annum, payable over six years with payments being made in part from Pegasus’s operating expenses during the Term and thereafter by PLF and its affiliates. One of the Company’s subsidiaries is advancing to Pegasus funds to cover Pegasus’s operating expenses, which include payments to Piccolo Business Advisory. Piccolo Business Advisory was paid $67,000 during the 2018 fiscal year. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, the Company paid Piccolo Business Advisory $133,000. The Company paid its final payment to Piccolo Business Advisory in March 2018, and has no further obligations under this arrangement.

 

 

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services.  

 

As previously disclosed, EisnerAmpner LLP (“EisnerAmpner”) has served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm since March 9, 2017, the date upon which the Audit Committee approved its appointment and the corresponding dismissal of Mazars USA LLP (“Mazars”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. Accordingly, as indicated below, Mazars served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm a portion of the 2017 fiscal year

 

 

The fees billed by EisnerAmper for professional services rendered for the year ended September 30, 2018 and for the period March 9, 2017 through September 30, 2017, are reflected in the following table:

 

   

 

 

2018

   

March 9, 2017

through September 30, 2017

 

Audit Fees:

  $ 1,003,000     $ 527,000  

Audit-Related Fees:

           

Tax Fees:

           

All Other Fees:

           

Total Fees:

  $ 1,003,000     $ 527,000  

 

 

The fees billed by Mazars for professional services rendered for the period from October 1, 2016, the beginning of our 2017 fiscal year, through March 9, 2017 the date that Mazars was dismissed as our independent registered public accounting firm, are reflected in the following table:

 

   

October 1, 2016

through March 9, 2017

 

Audit Fees:

  $ 132,000  

Audit-Related Fees:

    -  

Tax Fees:

    -  

All Other Fees:

    -  

Total Fees:

  $ 132,000  

 

 

The Audit Committee pre-approves all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by its independent registered public accounting firm. All services described above were pre-approved by our Audit Committee.

 

 

Part IV

 

Item 15.  

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.  

 

(a) The following documents were filed or furnished as part of the Original 10-K:

 

1.

Financial Statements: The consolidated financial statements of Asta Funding, Inc. included in Part II, Item 8 of the Original 10-K

 

2.

Financial Statement Schedules: All schedules have been omitted because they are not required, not applicable, not present in amounts sufficient to require submission of the schedule, or the required information is otherwise included.

 

3.

Exhibits: The exhibits listed in Item 15(a) of the Original 10-K.

 

(b) The exhibits listed in the Exhibit Index of this Amendment are being filed as part of this Amendment:

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

 

Exhibit

Number

 

 

 

2.1#

Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated December 31, 2013, by and among CBC Settlement Funding, LLC, CBC Management Services Group, LLC, Asta Funding, Inc. and the other parties thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 7, 2014).

 

 

2.2

Securities Purchase Agreement, dated December 13, 2017, by and between Asta Funding, Inc., and CBC Holdings LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 19, 2017).

 

 

2.3#

Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, dated January 12, 2018, by and between ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC and Pegasus Legal Funding, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 18, 2018).

 

 

2.4#

Term Sheet, dated November 8, 2016, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC, Fund Pegasus, LLC, Pegasus Funding, LLC, Pegasus Legal Funding, LLC, Max Alperovich and Alexander Khanas (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed November 15, 2016).

 

 

3.1

Certificate of Incorporation of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed August 9, 2016).

   

3.2

Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1(a) to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-QSB filed May 15, 2002).

 

 

3.3

Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Preferred Stock of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 24, 2012).

 

 

3.4

Certificate of Eliminations of the Series A Junior Preferred Stock of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 5, 2017).

 

 

3.5

Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 5, 2017).

 

 

3.6

Amended and Restated By-laws of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed August 9, 2016).

 

3.7

Amendment to Amended and Restated Bylaws of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 9, 2017).

 

 

4.1

Rights Agreement, dated May 5, 2017, by and between Asta Funding, Inc. and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to Asta Funding Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 5, 2017).

 

 

10.1+

Asta Funding, Inc. 2002 Stock Option Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-QSB filed May 15, 2002).

 

 

10.2+

Asta Funding, Inc. Equity Compensation Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 3, 2006).

 

 

10.3+

Asta Funding, Inc. 2012 Stock Option and Performance Award Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix A to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed February 17, 2012 for the March 21, 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders).

 

 

10.4

Form of Subordination and Intercreditor Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.26 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008).

 

 

10.5

Amended and Restated Management Agreement, dated January 16, 2009, by and between Palisades Collection, L.L.C. and the other party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.27 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008).

 

 

10.6

Amended and Restated Master Servicing Agreement, dated January 16, 2009, by and between Palisades Collection, L.L.C. and the other party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.28 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008).

   

 10.7

First Amendment to Amended and Restated Master Servicing Agreement, by and among Palisades Collection and the other parties thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.29 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008).

 

 

10.8

Indemnification Agreement, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., GMS Family Investors LLC and Judith R. Feder (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.32 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2009).

   

10.9

Settlement Agreement and Omnibus Amendment, dated August 7, 2013, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., Palisades Acquisition XVI, LLC, Palisades Collection, L.L.C., Palisades Acquisition XV, LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Fairway Finance Company, LLC and Bank of Montreal (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 9, 2013).

 

 

10.10

Revolving Credit Agreement, dated December 28, 2011, by and between Pegasus Funding, LLC and Fund Pegasus, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 4, 2012).

 

 

10.11

Security Agreement, dated December 28, 2011, by and between Pegasus Funding, LLC and Fund Pegasus, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 4, 2012).

 

 

10.12

Secured Revolving Credit Note, dated December 28, 2011, by Pegasus Funding, LLC in favor of Fund Pegasus, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 4, 2012).

 

 

10.13

Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement of Pegasus Funding, LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 4, 2012).

 

 

10.15

Lease Agreement, dated October 27, 2015, by and between ESL 200, LLC and Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 29, 2015).

 

 

10.16

First Amendment to Loan Documents, dated March 30, 2016, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., Palisades Collection, L.L.C. and Bank Hapoalim B.M. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 31, 2016).

 

 

10.17

Loan Agreement, dated May 2, 2014, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., Palisades Collection, L.L.C. and Bank Hapoalim B.M., dated May 2, 2014 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 8, 2014).

 

 

10.18

Security Agreement, dated May 2, 2014, by among Asta Funding, Inc., Palisades Collection, L.L.C., and Bank Hapoalim B.M. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 8, 2014).

 

 

10.19

Mutual Confidentiality Agreement, dated May 25, 2016, by and between Asta Funding, Inc. and Mangrove Partners (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 26, 2016).

 

 

10.20+

Employment Agreement, dated March 15, 2016, by and between Asta Funding, Inc. and Bruce Foster (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 15, 2016).

 

 

10.21

Settlement Agreement, dated January 6, 2017, by and among Asta Funding. Inc., The Mangrove Partners Master Fund Ltd., The Mangrove Partners Fund, L.P., Mangrove Partners Fund (Cayman), Ltd., Mangrove Partners, Mangrove Capital and Nathaniel August and, solely for purposes of Section 1(c), 1(d), 2 and 8 thereof, Gary Stern, Ricky Stern, Emily Stern, Arthur Stern, Asta Group, incorporated and GMS Family Investors LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on January 9, 2017).

 

 

10.22

Voting Agreement, dated January 6, 2017, by and among Asta Funding, Inc., Gary Stern, Ricky Stern, Emily Stern, Asta Group, incorporated and GMS Family Investors LLC (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on January 9, 2017).

 

 

10.23

Assignment Agreement, dated April 28, 2017, by and between CBC Settlement Funding, LLC and the other party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 4, 2017).

   

10.24

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding Inc. and Bruce Foster (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.24 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

 

 

10.25

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding, Inc. and Seth Berman (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.25 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

   

10.26

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding Inc. and Mark Levenfus (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.26 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

 

 

10.27

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding Inc. and Louis A. Piccolo (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.27 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

 

 

10.28

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding Inc. and David Slackman (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.28 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

 

 

10.29

Indemnification Agreement, dated September 11, 2017, by and between Asta Funding Inc. and Ricky Stern (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.29 to Asta Funding Inc’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017)

 

 

10.30

Secured Promissory Note, dated as of December 13, 2017, by and between CBC Holdings LLC and Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 19, 2017).

 

 

10.31

Guarantee, dated as of December 13, 2017, by and among 777 Partners, LLC and SuttonPark Capital LLC, for and on behalf of Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 19, 2017).

 

 

10.32

Security Agreement, dated as of December 13, 2017, by and between SuttonPark Servicing LLC and Asta Funding, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to Asta Funding, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 19, 2017).

 

 

10.33

Settlement Agreement and Release, dated as of January 12, 2018, by and among, Asta Funding, Inc., ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC, Fund Pegasus, LLC, Pegasus Funding, LLC, Pegasus Legal Funding, LLC, Max Alperovich, Alex Khanas, Larry Stoddard III, Louis Piccolo and A.L. Piccolo & Co., Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to Asta Funding, Inc's Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 18, 2018).

 

 

21.1*

Subsidiaries of Asta Funding, Inc.

 

 

23.1*

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

 

31.1*

Certification of Gary Stern, Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

31.2*

Certification of Bruce R. Foster, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   

31.3***

Certification of Gary Stern, Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

31.4***

Certification of Bruce R. Foster, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   

32.1****

Certification of the Gary Stern, Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   

 32.2****

Certification of Bruce R. Foster, Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

101.INS*

XBRL Instance.

 

 

101.SCH*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema.

 

 

101.CAL*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation.

 

 

101.DEF*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition.

 

 

101.LAB*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels.

 

 

101.PRE*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation.

  

*

Previously filed with the Original 10-K 

   

***

Filed herewith.

****

Previously furnished with the Original 10-K

+

Indicates management contract or compensatory plan.

#

Indicates schedules have been omitted pursuant to Item 6.01(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. Asta Funding Inc. agrees to furnish supplementally a copy of any omitted schedule or exhibit to the SEC upon request.

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the Registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

ASTA FUNDING, INC.

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Gary Stern

 

 

Gary Stern

 

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

Dated: January 25, 2019

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated:

 

Sig na ture

  

Title

  

Date

/s/ Gary Stern

 

Chairman of the Board, President, and

 

January 25, 2019

Gary Stern

  

Chief Executive Officer

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Bruce R. Foster

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

January 25, 2019

Bruce R. Foster

  

(Principal Financial Officer and Accounting Officer)

  

 

 

 

 

/s/ David Slackman 

  

Director

  

January 25, 2019

David Slackman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Louis A. Piccolo

  

Director

  

January 25, 2019

Louis A. Piccolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Michael Monteleone

  

Director

  

January 25, 2019

Michael Monteleone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Timothy H. Bishop

  

Director

  

January 25, 2019

Timothy H. Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.3

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I,   Gary Stern, certify that:

 

1.  I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K/A of Asta Funding, Inc.; and

 

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.

 

 

/s/  Gary Stern

 

Gary Stern

 

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

Date: January 25, 2019

 

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 302 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff per request.

Exhibit 31.4

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I, Bruce R. Foster, certify that:

 

1.  I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K/A of Asta Funding, Inc.; and

 

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.

 

 

/s/   Bruce R. Foster

 

Bruce R. Foster

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

 

 

Date: January 25, 2019

 

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 302 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff per request.