August 30, 2018
Helios and Matheson Analytics, parent of ticket subscription service MoviePass, Aug. 30 disclosed that a member of its board of directors has resigned under protest.
Carl Schramm, in an Aug. 25 letter to Ted Farnsworth, CEO of HMNY, said he was resigning as a director, including positions on the audit committee, compensation committee, nominating and corporate governance committee and the pricing committee, citing a failure to receive necessary financial information on the company and subsidiary MoviePass.
Schramm served on the board since Nov. 9, 2016.
“I have sought, often unsuccessfully, information about the company’s financial status and operations, and explanations of company strategy,” Schramm wrote. “I have objected to the manner in which a number of business decisions have been presented to the board by management, without sufficient time for the board to examine complex documents, to review significant transactions, or to discuss how the proposed actions fit into the company’s strategic plan.”
Indeed, HMNY and MoviePass have engaged in numerous strategic moves aimed at buttressing the latter’s business model enabling subscribers daily access to a theatrical screening for $9.95 monthly fee.
With the service losing millions of dollars more per month than it generates, HMNY’s stock valuation has plummeted to 2 cents per share – after a 1-for-250 shares reverse stock split. A subsequent price hike was scuttled, with subscriber restrictions put in place instead.
In response, HMNY said it was unaware of any unanswered requests for information by Schramm. It said the board and committees of which Schramm was a member have met at least 25 times thus far in 2018.
HMNY contends it has kept the board “fully informed” and has provided all information needed for members to exercise their responsibilities.
HMNY said that since acquiring 92% stake in MoviePass, it has experienced unprecedented and unanticipated growth – including issues that have placed significant demands on management and the board, as evidenced by the number of board and committee meetings.
“But the company firmly believes all board and committee meetings have been duly noticed and held, and no material information has been withheld from any board member,” Farnsworth wrote in a filing.