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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

(Mark One)

[X]     ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013.

 

[ ]       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 000-27297

 

  

Bison Instruments, Inc.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

  

Minnesota

 

E41-0947661

 

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

 

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7725 Vasserman Trail, Chanhassen, MN

 

55317

 

(Address of principal executive office)

 

(Zip Code)

 

 

 

(952) 938-1055               

(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)

 

Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act.

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which

 

 

 

registered

 

N/A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act.  

 

 

 

 

   
Common Stock      

 

 
 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act 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. (1)  YES[x]   NO[ ]      (2)  YES [x]   NO [ ]

 

Check if there is no disclosure of delinquent filers in response to Item 405 of Regulation S-K contained in this form, and no disclosure will be contained, to the best of 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, or a small reporting company.

See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act

Large accelerated filer     [ ]

Accelerated filer     [ ]

Non-accelerated filer     [ ]

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company     [x]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12 b-2 of the Exchange Act). YES[x]   NO[ ]

 

State the aggregate market value of the voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of a specified date within the past 60 days (see definition of affiliate in Rule 12b-2): $87,738 as of October 31, 2013.

 

APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE ISSUERS

 

State the number of shares outstanding of each of the Issuer’s classes of common equity, as of the latest practicable date: As of October 31, 2013, the Issuer had 888,180 shares of common stock, par value $0.10, issued and outstanding.

 

Transitional Small Business Disclosure Format (Check one):   YES[ ]   NO[X]

 

 
 

 

 

PART I

 

Item 1.    Description of Business

 

The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota on January 18, 1968.

 

The Company has not been subject to any bankruptcy, receivership or similar proceedings.

 

The Company was engaged in the manufacture and sale of electronic instrumentation. The Company sold substantially all of its operating assets during the two fiscal years of 1998 and 1999 and in the fiscal year 2000 made sales of residual seismic product inventory on hand and interest income. In June 1998, Bison sold its seismic product lines, and in November 1998, Bison sold its Airport Runway Friction Measurement System (the “Mu-Meter”). The sales included the intellectual property and inventory of the product lines. In the fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the business was commercially inactive.

 

The Company pays a director to administer its corporate affairs and monitor residual business matters. During the year the Company paid $4,500 to this director for these services. An affiliate of Andus Inc., the majority shareholder, provides management and accounting services at no charge to the Company. Andus Inc. has also advanced funds to the Company.

 

Subject to market conditions and opportunities, the Company intends to maintain its existing efforts to explore various alternatives, including acquisition opportunities, for the future use of the public corporate entity. The Company’s discretion in the selection of business opportunities is unrestricted, subject to the availability of such opportunities, economic conditions, and other factors.

 

Bison has a wholly owned subsidiary, Bison International, Inc., which was incorporated in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bison International, Inc, processed some international sales of the Company in the past, but is now inactive.

 

Andus Inc., a Delaware corporation, owns 67.05% of the Company. Andus Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Androcan Inc., a Canadian corporation. Androcan Inc., directly or indirectly, also owns Pylon Electronics Inc. and Canbar Inc., which are involved in the manufacture and sale of various retail and industrial products.

 

The Company sends out the Form 10-K which includes the audited financial statements for each fiscal year-end to its security holders. The company also files quarterly and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 
 

 

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR PURPOSES OF THE “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. Except for historical matters, the matters discussed in this Form 10-K are forward-looking statements based on current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the operation of the business and to statements regarding the general description of Management’s plan to seek other business opportunities including merger opportunities with other businesses which may result in a reverse-take-over of the Company, and the manner in which the Company may participate in such business opportunities.

 

The Company wishes to caution the reader that there are many uncertainties and unknown factors, which could affect its ability to carry out its business plan to pursue other business opportunities for the corporation. There is no guarantee that the Company will be successful in its endeavors.

 

Item 2.    Description of Property.

 

The Company maintains a limited operation through an office at 7725 Vasserman Trail, Chanhassen, Minnesota. The space has been provided free of charge by Mr. Larry Martin, who is the General Manager and also a director of the Company.

 

The Company does not currently hold investments in real estate or mortgages relating to real estate.

 

Item 3.    Legal Proceedings.

 

The Company is not presently party to any pending legal proceeding, and its property is not the subject of any pending legal proceeding.

 

Item 4.    Removed and Reserved.

 

 
 

 

 

Part II

 

Item 5.    Market for Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters, and Small Business Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

The Company’s common equity is traded principally on the OTCBB Bulletin Board service. The high and low bids on the Company’s common equity for each quarter in the last two fiscal years periods are set out in the following table.

 

Fiscal Year

 

High

   

Low

 
                 

2012 Q1

  $ 0.36     $ 0.25  

2012 Q2

  $ 0.50     $ 0.30  

2012 Q3

  $ 0.30     $ 0.30  

2012 Q4

  $ 0.30     $ 0.30  

2013 Q1

  $ 0.23     $ 0.20  

2013 Q2

  $ 0.23     $ 0.20  

2013 Q3

  $ 0.25     $ 0.17  

2013 Q4

  $ 0.30     $ 0.22  

 

The information above was obtained from Company records and from market activity reports available on the nasdaq.com website. These are over the counter market quotations that reflect inter-dealer prices, without retail mark-up, mark-down or commission and may not represent actual transactions.

 

Because the securities of the Company may constitute “penny stocks” as defined in the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, the Company’s securities may be subject to rules that impose special sales practice requirements upon broker-dealers who sell such securities to persons other than established customers or accredited investors. For purposes of the rule, the phrase “accredited investors” means, in general terms, institutions with assets in excess of $5,000,000 or individuals having a net worth in excess of $1,000,000 or having an annual income that exceeds $200,000 (or that, when combined with a spouse’s income, exceeds $300,000). For transactions covered by the rules, the broker-dealer must make a special suitability determination for the purchaser and receive the purchaser’s written agreement to the transaction prior to the sale. Consequently, the rules may affect the ability of broker-dealers to sell the Company’s securities and also may affect the ability of purchasers in the offering to sell their securities in any market that might develop therefore.

 

 
 

 

 

In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a number of other rules to regulate “penny stocks”. Such rules include Rules 3a51-1, 15g-2, 15g-3, 15g-4, 15g-5, 15g-6, 15g-8, and 15g-9 under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The rules may further affect the ability of the Company’s shareholders to sell their shares in any public market, which might develop.

 

Shareholders should be aware that, according to Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34-29093, the market for penny stocks has suffered in recent years from patterns of fraud and abuse. Such patterns include (i) control of the market for the security by one or a few broker-dealers that are often related to the promoter or issuer; (ii) manipulation of prices through prearranged matching of purchases and sales and false and misleading press releases; (iii) “boiler room” practices involving high-pressure sales tactics and unrealistic price projections by inexperienced sales persons; (iv) excessive and undisclosed bid-ask differentials and markups by selling broker-dealers; and (v) the wholesale dumping of the same securities by promoters and broker-dealers after the prices have been manipulated to a desired level, along with the resulting inevitable collapse of those prices and with consequent investor losses. The Company’s management is aware of the abuses that have occurred historically in the penny stock market. Although the Company does not expect to be in a position to dictate the behavior of the market or of broker-dealers who participate in the market, management will strive within the confines of practical limitation to prevent the described patterns from being established with respect to the Company’s securities.

 

There are 236 holders of the stock of the company. There are no limits on the company’s ability to pay dividends. No dividends have been paid in the last two fiscal years.

 

 
 

 

 

Item 7.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis or Plan of Operations.

 

The net loss for 2013 was $60,965 or $0.07 per share, compared with a loss in 2012 of $70,593 or $0.08 per share.

 

No sales were recorded for the Company in the fiscal years 2013 and 2012, as a result of Bison being inactive as it sold its product lines in 1999.

 

The sale by Bison of its product lines in prior years has essentially rendered Bison inactive. The General Manager, Larry Martin, administers the corporate affairs of the Company and monitors residual business matters. During the fiscal year, the Company paid Mr. Martin $4,500 for these services. An office is maintained in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is provided free of charge by Mr. Martin. An affiliate of Andus Inc., the majority shareholder, provides management and accounting services at no charge to the Company. Andus Inc. has also advanced non-interest bearing funds to the Company.

 

At October 31, 2013, the Company has income tax losses of approximately $1,301,500 available for carry forwards, which may be used to reduce future years’ taxable income and for which the benefit has not been recorded. These losses expire between 2018 and 2033.

 

The Company has no means to generate revenue necessary to pay its obligations to regulatory bodies, directors, accountants and lawyers. In this regard, Andus Inc., the majority shareholder has committed to support the Company for its normal management and corporate expenses at levels of present expenditure until May 1, 2014. Past practice has been to extend the committed support for one fiscal year from the balance sheet date. Currently, the commitment is until May 1, 2014.

 

Management continues to pursue other business opportunities for the Company including merger opportunities with other businesses which may result in a reverse-take-over of the Company. However, there is no guarantee that management will be successful in their endeavours.

 

 
 

 

 

Item 8.    Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders

Bison Instruments, Inc.

Chanhassen, Minnesota

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Bison Instruments, Inc. (the Company) as of October 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity (deficiency), and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended October 31, 2013 and 2012. Bison Instruments, Inc.’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Bison Instruments, Inc. as of October 31, 2013 and 2012, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has suffered recurring losses from operations and has a net capital deficiency that raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 2. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

 

/s/ Eide Bailly LLP

Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 27, 2014

 

 
 

 

 

bison instruments, inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in United States dollars)

 

October 31, 2013 and 2012

             
   

2013

   

2012

 
                 
                 

Assets

               
                 

Cash

  $ 931     $ 1,024  
    $ 931     $ 1,024  
                 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficiency)

               
                 

Current liabilities:

               

Accrued liabilities

  $ 11,289     $ 5,417  
                 

Advances from shareholder (note 3)

    501,200       446,200  
                 

Stockholders' equity (deficiency):

    (511,558 )     (450,593 )
                 

Going concern uncertainty(note 2)

               
    $ 931     $ 1,024  

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

On behalf of the Board:

 

__________________________

Director

 

__________________________

Director

 

 
 

 

 

bison instruments, inc.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity (Deficiency)

(Expressed in United States dollars)

 

Years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 

   

Common Stock

                                 
   

Number of Authorized

Shares

   

Number of

Issued

Shares

   

Amount

   

Additional

Paid-in

Capital

   

Deficit

   

Total

 

Balance, October 31, 2011

    60,000,000       888,180       88,818       913,826       (1,382,644 )     (380,000 )

Loss for the year

    -       -       -       -       (70,593 )     (70,593 )

Balance, October 31, 2012

    60,000,000       888,180     $ 88,818     $ 913,826     $ (1,453,237 )   $ (450,593 )

Loss for the year

    -       -       -       -       (60,965 )     (60,965 )

Balance, October 31, 2013

    60,000,000       888,180     $ 88,818     $ 913,826     $ (1,514,202 )   $ (511,558 )

               

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

 
 

 

 

bison instruments, inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in United States dollars)

 

Years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012            
   

2013

   

2012

 
                 
                 

Expenses:

               

Shareholder relations

  $ 19,214     $ 19,537  

Professional fees

    31,703       39,589  

Management fees

    4,500       5,250  

Directors’ fees

    2,000       2,000  

Office and general

    3,548       4,217  
      60,965       70,593  
                 

Loss for the year

  $ (60,965 )   $ (70,593 )
                 

Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

  $ (0.07 )   $ (0.08 )
                 

Weighted average number of shares

    888,180       888,180  

             

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

 
 

 

 

bison instruments, inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in United States dollars)

 

 

Years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

           
   

2013

   

2012

 
                 
                 

Cash provided by (used in):

               
                 

Cash flows from operating activities:

               

Loss for the year

  $ (60,965 )   $ (70,593 )
                 

Increase (decrease) in accrued liabilities

    5,872       (6,392 )
                 
                 

Net cash used in operating activities

    (55,093 )     (76,985 )
                 

Financing:

               

Increase in advances from shareholder

    55,000       73,000  
                 
                 

Net decrease in cash

    (93 )     (3,985 )
                 

Cash, beginning of year

    1,024       5,009  
                 
                 

Cash, end of year

  $ 931     $ 1,024  

             

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

 
 

 

 

bison instruments, inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Expressed in United States dollars)

 

Years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012

 


 

Bison Instruments, Inc. (the "Company") was engaged in the manufacture and sale of electronic instrumentation. The Company sold substantially all of its operating assets during the two fiscal years of 1998 and 1999. In the fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the business was commercially inactive. Andus Inc. ("Andus") owns approximately 67.05% of the Company's outstanding common stock. Andus is a subsidiary of Androcan Inc. of Toronto, Canada.

  

1.     Significant accounting policies:

 

(a)   Basis of presentation:

 

These consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Bison International, Inc., which is inactive. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.

 

(b)   Income taxes:

 

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ASC 740, Income Taxes. Under the asset and liability method of ASC 740, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. A valuation allowance is recorded and deducted from deferred tax assets when the deferred tax assets are not expected to be realized based on currently available evidence. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

 

(c)   Cash and cash equivalents:

 

For purposes of the statement of cash flows, the Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with a maturity of three months or less to be cash or cash equivalents.

 

 
 

 

 

 

      (d)    Earnings (loss) per share:

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share are computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted average shares outstanding during the year. For each of the years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 there were no outstanding dilutive securities. The earnings (loss) per share computations are based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding of 888,180 during each year.

 

(e)   Use of estimates:

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses during the year. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

(f)   Accounting for uncertainty in income taxes:

 

The Company has taken no uncertain tax positions that require adjustments to the financial statements. The Company will recognize future accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax positions in income tax expense as incurred. The Company is no longer subject to Federal tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2010 and state examinations for years before 2010.

 

2.     Going concern uncertainty

 

These consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis, which assumes that the Company will continue in operation for the foreseeable future and be able to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business. There is significant doubt about the appropriateness of the use of the going concern assumption because the Company experienced losses and negative cash flows in the current and prior years and has a stockholders’ deficiency. The application of the going concern basis is dependent on the continued support of Andus Inc., the majority shareholder, who has committed to support the Company financially for its normal management and corporate expenses at levels of present expenditures until May 1, 2014. Past practice has been to extend the committed support for one fiscal year from the balance sheet date. Currently, the commitment is until May 1, 2014. Management continues to pursue other business opportunities for the Company including merger opportunities with other businesses, which may result in a reverse-take-over of the Company. However, there is no guarantee that management will be successful in their endeavours.

 

These consolidated financial statements do not reflect adjustments that would be necessary if the going concern basis was not appropriate. If the going concern basis was not appropriate for these financial statements, then adjustments would be necessary to the carrying value of assets, the reported revenues and expenses, and the balance sheet classifications used.

 

 
 

 

 

3.     Related party transactions:

 

The advances from shareholder are payable to Andus Inc., the majority shareholder of the Company. The advances are non-interest bearing, unsecured, and have no specific terms of repayment. Because the Company has no means to generate the revenue necessary to pay its obligations to regulatory bodies, directors, accountants and lawyers, Andus has undertaken to fund the Company’s normal management and corporate expenses at levels of present expenditures until at least May 1, 2014, and not to demand repayment of the advances from shareholder before May 1, 2014. Past practice has been to extend the committed support for one fiscal year from the balance sheet date. Currently, the commitment is until May 1, 2014. During the years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012, Andus Inc. advanced an additional $55,000 and $73,000, respectively. Subsequent to October 31, 2013, Andus Inc. advanced an additional $35,000 to the Company.

 

The General manager, Larry Martin, administers the corporate affairs of the Company and monitors residual business matters. During the year ended October 31, 2013, the Company paid Mr. Martin $4,500 (2012-$5,250) for these services. At October 31, 2013 and 2012, accrued liabilities included a payable to Mr. Martin in the amount of $600 and $300 respectively. An office is maintained in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is provided free of charge by Mr. Martin. An affiliate of Andus Inc., the majority shareholder, provides management and accounting services at no charge to the Company.

 

 
 

 

 

4.     Income taxes:

 

The Company’s statutory income tax rate is 38.4% (2012, 38.4%).

 

The tax effects of temporary differences, resulting from net operating loss carryforwards of approximately $1,301,500 (2012 - $1,240,500), that give rise to significant portions of deferred tax assets are approximately $500,000 (2012 - $476,000). In 2013, the valuation allowance increased approximately $24,000, composed of increases to allowances due to net operating loss carryforwards.

 

The details at October 31, 2013 and 2012 are presented as follows:

             
   

2013

   

2012

 
                 

Expected tax benefit using statutory rates

  $ (500,000 )   $ (476,000 )

Valuation allowance

    500,000       476,000  
                 

Deferred tax asset

  $ --     $ --  

The current year tax provision

is as follows:

   

2013

   

2012

 
                 

Expected tax benefit using statutory rates

  $ 23,000     $ 27,000  

Increase in valuation allowance

    (23,000 )     (27,000 )
                 

Current tax expense

  $ --     $ --  

 

Loss carry-forwards expire as follows:

2018

  $ 649,000  

2019

    2,000  

2020

    16,000  

2021

    47,000  

2022

    30,000  

2023

    33,000  

2024

    32,500  

2025

    60,000  

2026

    36,000  

2027

    44,000  

2028

    48,000  

2029

    53,000  

2030

    53,000  

2031

    66,000  

2032

    71,000  

2033

    61,000  
    $ 1,301,500  

 

 
 

 

 

5.     Fair value of financial assets and financial liabilities:

 

The fair values of the Company’s cash and accrued liabilities approximate their carrying amounts due to the relatively short periods to maturity of these items. The fair value of the advances from shareholder is not determinable due to its related party nature.

 

6.     Accounting pronouncements:

 

All recent accounting pronouncements have been reviewed and are not material to the Company.

 

7.     Subsequent events:

 

Management evaluated subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued.

 

 
 

 

 

Item 9.       Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants

 

In connection with the two most recent fiscal years ended October 31, 2013 and 2012 or subsequent interim periods, there were no disagreements or reportable events between Bison Instruments, Inc. and Eide Bailly, LLP on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure.

 

 

Item 9a.     Controls and procedures:

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) or Rule 15d-15(e). Based upon this evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures currently in effect are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time period specified by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms.

 

The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are also effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that the Company files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the year that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

On January 31, 2005, the Board of Directors adopted a Code of Ethics pursuant to Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a true and correct copy of which is attached as Exhibit 14.

 

 

Item 9a(T).Controls and procedures:

 

(a)   Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

(1) Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the small business issuer, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f).

 

 
 

 

 

(2) Management designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under its supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements based on the framework in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) and in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles.

 

(3) Management has concluded that the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting at the end of the issuer’s most recent fiscal year is effective.

 

(4) This annual report does not include an attestation report of the Company’s registered public accountant regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by the Company’s registered public accountant pursuant to rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission that permit the Company to provide only management’s report in this annual report.

 

(b)   Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting during the registrant’s fiscal year that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

Part III

 

Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers, Promoters and Control Persons; Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.

DIRECTORS

       

Name

Age

Positions Held in

Bison

Term of

Office

Served

Since

Fred E. Ross

83

Director and Chief Executive Officer

1 year

2011

Allan D. Erickson

71

Director

1 year

1982

Lawrence M. Martin

72

Director and General Manager

1 year

1998

 

Fred E. Ross. Mr. Ross is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bison Instruments, Inc. Mr. Ross is currently the Vice Chairman and a director of Androcan Inc., and Vice-President and a director of Andus Inc. Mr. Ross is a member of the Audit Committee. As he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of the Company, he is not independent.

 

 
 

 

 

Allan D. Erickson. As well as being a director of Bison Instruments, Inc. since 1992, Mr. Erickson is also the founder and President of Dagan Corporation, and is one of the principal shareholders of Dagan Corporation.

 

Lawrence M. Martin. Mr. Martin has been engaged since July 1997 on a contract basis as the Acting General Manager of Bison Instruments, Inc. Prior to consulting for Bison, he was Vice-President of Marketing for Hitchcock Industries from 1985 to 1997.

 

None of the directors or officers, or any companies employing them, have been subject to any bankruptcy, or criminal proceedings or are subject to any orders by the civil courts limiting their ability to carry on business or trade in securities.

 

Allan Erickson, Fred E. Ross and Lawrence M. Martin were each required to file an Annual Statement of Change in Beneficial Ownership on Forms by December 15, 2013, which were filed on time.

 

Lawrence M. Martin is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. As he is Acting General Manager, and a Director of the Company, he is not independent.

 

COMPANY

OFFICER

       

Name

Age

Positions Held in

Bison

Term of

Office

Served

Since

Eric D.

Sunshine

65

Chief Financial Officer

 

1 year

2010

 

Eric D. Sunshine. Mr. Sunshine has been controller of Bison Instruments, Inc. since 2000 and Chief Financial Officer since 2010. Mr. Sunshine is also controller of Androcan Inc.

 

Eric D. Sunshine was required to file an Annual Statement of Change in Beneficial Ownership on Forms 5 by December 15, 2013 which was filed on time.

 

 
 

 

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

(a)      Summary Compensation Table

 

 

Annual Compensation

Long-term Compensation

 
   

Awards

Payouts

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(g)

(h)

(i)

Name and Principal Position

Year

Salary

($)

Bonus

 ($)

Compensation

($)

Award(s)

($)

Options

/SARs

(#)

Payouts

($)

Compensation

($)

Fred E.

Ross,

Chief

Executive

Officer

2013

nil nil nil nil nil nil nil

 

(b)      Option/SAR in Last Fiscal Year

 

Individual Grants

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

Name

Number of

Securities

Underlying

Options/SARs

Granted (#)

% Of Total

Options/SARs

Granted to

Employees in

Fiscal Year

Exercise or

Base Price

($/Sh)

Expiration

Date

 

N/A

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(c)      Aggregate Option/SAR Exercises in Last Fiscal Year and FY-end Option/Share Values

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

Name

Shares

Acquired

on

Exercise

(#)

Value

Realized

($)

Number of Securities

Underlying Unexercised

Options/SARs at FY-End

(#)

 

Exercisable/Unexercisable

Value of Unexercised

In-the-money

Options/SARs at FY-

End ($)

 

Exercisable/Unexercisable

 

N/A

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(d)      Long-term Incentive Plans – Awards in Last Fiscal Year

 

     

Estimated Future Payouts Under

No Stock Priced-Based Plans

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

Name

Number of

Shares, Units

or Other Rights

Performance

or Other

Period Until

Maturation or

Payout

Threshold

($ or #)

Target

($ or #)

Maximum

($ or #)

 

N/A

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 
 

 

 

(e)      Compensation of Directors

 

Allan D. Erickson and Lawrence M. Martin are each paid an annual retainer of $1,000, as well as fees in the amount of $200 per meeting for their services as directors of the Company. None of the other directors receive compensation for their services as directors.

 

(f)       Employment Contracts and Termination of Employment/Change in Control Arrangements

 

The Company does not have any compensatory plan or arrangement regarding the termination of any executive officer or regarding a change in control of the Company.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management.

 

(a)      Security Ownership Greater than 5%

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

Title of

Class

Name and Address of

Beneficial Owner

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Owner

Percent of

Class

Common Stock

Andus, Inc.*

1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801

595,539 Common Shares

67.05%

 

 

*

Andus, Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a subsidiary of Androcan Inc., a Canadian corporation.

 

(b)      Security Ownership of Management

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

Title of

Class

Name and Address of

 Beneficial Owner

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Owner

Percent of

Class

       
       

 

 

(c)      Change in Control

 

At various times, the Company has engaged in discussions with outside parties regarding potential transactions for the use of the public entity, which may result in the change of control of the company. The Company intends to continue its efforts to seek out a suitable transaction in future. However, no formal agreement has been made with any outside party at the time of the filing of this report.

 

 
 

 

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

The Company has not entered into any transaction during the last two years to which the Company was a party in which any director or executive officer or nominees thereof or securities holders or members of their immediate families were also involved or have a direct or indirect material interest.

 

 

Item 14.     Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 

(1)   Audit Fees

 

The aggregate fees billed for each of the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered by the principal accountant for the audit of the registrants annual financial statements and review of financial statements included in the registrant’s Form 10-Q or services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years are:

 

October 31, 2012

 $21,350

October 31, 2013 - estimated

  $21,800

                    

(2)   Audit - Related Fees

N/A

 

(3)   Tax Fees

 

The aggregate fees billed in each of the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered by the principal accountant for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning are:

 

October 31, 2012

$2,500

October 31, 2013 - estimated

$2,500

 

 

The services provided by the principal accountant were for preparation of tax returns.

 

(4)   All Other Fees

N/A

 

(5)   Audit Committee’s Pre-Approval Policies

The Audit Committee approves the services for the audit firm before the work is performed.

 

(6)   N/A

 

 
 

 

 

Part IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits

 

 

The rights of securities holders are set out in their entirety in the Articles of Incorporation of the Company, its By-laws and all amendments thereto. The Articles and By-laws were contained in Form 10-SB, filed by the Company on October 6, 1999, and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

The Company is not subject to any voting trust agreements.

 

As the Company is essentially inactive at the time of this filing, it is not currently party to any material contracts.

 

A statement regarding the computation of share earnings has not been included in this Form for Registration of Securities, as the primary and fully-diluted share earnings are identical and can be clearly determined from the financial statements provided.

 

 

 

Exhibit No. 

Description

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

*XBRL information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.     

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

In accordance with 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.

 

By:

/s/     Bison Instruments, Inc.

   
       
       
       
  /s/    Fred E. Ross (Signature)  
  Fred E. Ross    
  Chief Executive Officer, and Director    
       
       
       
  /s/    Eric D. Sunshine  (Signature)  
  Eric D. Sunshine    
  Chief Financial Officer    

 

 

Date: January 27, 2014 

  

 

In accordance with the Exchange Act, this report has been signed below by the following person(s) on behalf of the registrant in its capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

By:

/s/     Bison Instruments, Inc.

   
       
       
       
  /s/    Fred E. Ross (Signature)  
  Fred E. Ross    
  Chief Executive Officer, and Director    
       
       
       
  /s/    Eric D. Sunshine  (Signature)  
  Eric D. Sunshine    
  Chief Financial Officer    

 

 

Date: January 27, 2014