SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report:
December 27, 2019
Gaucho Group Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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135 Fifth Ave., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
As previously reported, on April 1, 2011, Gaucho Group Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an expense sharing agreement (“ESA”) with a related, but independent, entity under common management, Hollywood Burger Holdings, Inc. (“HBH”), to share expenses with GGH such as office space, support staff and other operating expenses. HBH is a private company founded by Scott Mathis which is developing Hollywood-themed fast food restaurants in the United States. Mr. Mathis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HBH and Maria Echevarria is Chief Financial Officer. The ESA was amended on January 1, 2017 and again on January 1, 2019 to reflect the current use of personnel, office space, professional services and additional general office expenses. Under this agreement, HBH owed $4,644 as of December 31, 2018, and had prepaid $310,329 as of November 30, 2019.
On or about December 27, 2019, the Board of Directors of both HBH and GGH approved an amendment to the ESA such that HBH prepay up to an additional $400,000 under the ESA to cover GGH’s pre-offering financing needs. GGH has agreed to reduce HBH’s expense obligations under the ESA by 15% until such time that its prepayment has been reduced to zero. Upon successful completion of the contemplated offering, GGH will refund a majority of the amount HBH has prepaid under the ESA and the full amount to the extent it has available funds.
Further, as of November 30, 2019, HBH owes Mr. Mathis $227,500 of unpaid wages accrued over the past three years and which Mr. Mathis has voluntarily deferred until HBH is successfully operating more stores. In the event the offering is unsuccessful and GGH is unable to repay HBH the prepaid office expenditures, Mr. Mathis has agreed to forego his rights to the accrued wages.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Also on December 27, 2019, the Board of Directors extended Scott Mathis’ employment agreement with the Company, dated September 28, 2015 (the “Employment Agreement”) for an additional to expire on February 29, 2020. All other terms of the Employment Agreement remain the same.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, on the 6th day of January 2020.
|Gaucho Group Holdings, Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Scott L. Mathis|
|Scott L. Mathis, President & CEO|