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AS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON JANUARY 11, 2010

 

Registration No. 333-        

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM S-3

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

NETLIST, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

95-4812784

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

51 Discovery, Suite 150

Irvine, California 92618

(949) 435-0025

(Address, including zip code and telephone number, including area code, of

registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

Gail Itow

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

51 Discovery, Suite 150

Irvine, California 92618

(949) 435-0025

(Address, including zip code and telephone number,

including area code, of agent for service)

 

Copy to:

 

Brett J. Souza, Esq.

Michael R. McCoy, Esq.

Bryan Cave LLP

3161 Michelson Drive, Suite 1500

Irvine, California 92612

(949) 223-7000

(949) 223-7319 (fax)

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale of the securities to the public: From time to time, after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

 

If the only securities being registered on this Form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box. o

 

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box. x

 

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. o

 

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. o

 

If this Form is a registration statement pursuant to General Instruction I.D. or a post-effective amendment thereto that shall become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act, check the following box. o

 

If this Form is a post-effective amendment to a registration statement filed pursuant to General Instruction I.D. filed to register additional securities or additional classes of securities pursuant to Rule 413(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box. o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller 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 o

 

Accelerated filer o

Non-accelerated filer (do not check if a smaller reporting company) o

 

Smaller reporting company x

 


 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of each class of securities
to be registered(1)

 

Amount 
registered(2)

 

Proposed
maximum
offering price
per share(3)

 

Proposed
maximum
aggregate
offering price(4)

 

Amount of
registration fee

 

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depositary Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

30,000,000

 

 

 

$

30,000,000

 

$

2,139

 

(1)        Securities registered hereunder may be sold separately or as units with other securities registered hereunder.

 

(2)        An indeterminate aggregate initial offering price and number or amount of the securities of each identified class is being registered as may from time to time be issued at indeterminate prices as shall have an aggregate initial offering price not to exceed $30,000,000. Separate consideration may or may not be received for securities that are issuable upon conversion of, or in exchange for, or upon exercise of, convertible or exchangeable securities.

 

(3)        Not applicable pursuant to General Instruction II.D of Form S-3.

 

(4)        Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(o) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, or until this registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Securities and Exchange Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 



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THE INFORMATION IN THIS PROSPECTUS IS NOT COMPLETE AND MAY BE CHANGED.  WE MAY NOT SELL THESE SECURITIES UNTIL THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS EFFECTIVE. THIS PROSPECTUS IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL THESE SECURITIES NOR IS IT AN INVITATION FOR OFFERS TO BUY THESE SECURITIES IN ANY STATE OR JURISDICTION WHERE THE OFFER OR SALE IS NOT PERMITTED.

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED JANUARY 11, 2010

 

PROSPECTUS

 

 

NETLIST, INC.

 

$30,000,000

COMMON STOCK

PREFERRED STOCK

WARRANTS

DEPOSITARY SHARES

UNITS

 

We may offer and sell from time to time our securities in one or more classes, separately or together in any combination and as separate series, and in amounts, at prices and on terms that we will determine at the times of the offerings.

 

We will provide specific terms of any offering in supplements to this prospectus. The supplements may add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. You should read this prospectus and any prospectus supplement carefully before you invest.

 

We may offer the securities independently or together in any combination for sale directly to purchasers or through underwriters, dealers or agents to be designated at a future date. The supplements to this prospectus will provide the names of any underwriters, the specific terms of the plan of distribution, the underwriting discounts and commissions, and the terms of any overallotment options. The proceeds we expect to receive from any such sale will also be included in supplements to this prospectus.

 

This prospectus may not be used to offer and sell securities unless accompanied by a prospectus supplement.

 

Our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “NLST.”

 


 

Investing in our securities involves risk. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 1 of this prospectus to read about certain factors you should consider before deciding whether to invest in our securities.

 


 

NEITHER THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR ANY STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED OF THESE SECURITIES OR DETERMINED IF THIS PROSPECTUS IS TRUTHFUL OR COMPLETE.  ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

 

The date of this prospectus is              , 2010

 



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ABOUT NETLIST, INC.

1

RISK FACTORS

1

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

1

USE OF PROCEEDS

2

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

2

DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

4

DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

4

DESCRIPTION OF UNITS

7

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

7

LEGAL MATTERS

9

EXPERTS

9

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

9

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

10

 

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

 

This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, using a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, we may, from time to time, sell the securities or combinations of the securities described in this prospectus in one or more offerings. For further information about our business and the securities, you should refer to the registration statement and its exhibits. The exhibits to our registration statement contain the full text of certain contracts and other important documents we have summarized in this prospectus. Since these summaries may not contain all the information that you may find important in deciding whether to purchase the securities we offer, you should review the full text of these documents. The registration statement and the exhibits can be obtained from the SEC as indicated under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities that we may offer. Each time we offer securities pursuant to this prospectus, we will provide a prospectus supplement and/or other offering material that will contain specific information about the terms of that offering. When we refer to a “prospectus supplement,” we are also referring to any free writing prospectus or other offering material authorized by us. The prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus. If there is any inconsistency between the information in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information in the prospectus supplement. You should read this prospectus and any prospectus supplement together with additional information described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

You should rely only on the information provided in this prospectus, in any prospectus supplement, or any other offering material that we authorize, including the information incorporated by reference. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus, any supplement to this prospectus, or any other offering material that we authorize, is accurate at any date other than the date indicated on the cover page of these documents or the date of the statement contained in any incorporated documents, respectively. This prospectus is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities other than the securities referred to in the prospectus supplement. This prospectus is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy such securities in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. You should not interpret the delivery of this prospectus, or any sale of securities, as an indication that there has been no change in our affairs since the date of this prospectus. You should also be aware that information in this prospectus may change after this date. The information contained in this prospectus or a prospectus supplement or amendment, or incorporated herein or therein by reference, is accurate only as of the date of this prospectus or prospectus supplement or amendment, as applicable, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus or prospectus supplement or amendment, as applicable, or of any sale of the shares.  Unless the context otherwise requires, in this prospectus “Netlist,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Netlist, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

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ABOUT NETLIST, INC.

 

We design, manufacture and sell high performance memory subsystems for the server, high performance computing and communications markets. Our memory subsystems consist of dynamic random access memory integrated circuits (DRAM ICs), NAND flash memory (NAND) and other components assembled on a printed circuit board. We also design custom semiconductor logic devices which are integrated into our memory subsystems in order to increase their performance. We engage with our original equipment manufacturer customers from the earliest stages of new product definition, which provides us unique insight into their full range of system architecture and performance requirements. This close collaboration has also allowed us to develop a significant level of systems expertise. We leverage a portfolio of proprietary technologies and design techniques, including efficient planar design, alternative packaging techniques and custom semiconductor logic, to deliver memory subsystems with high memory density, small form factor, high signal integrity, attractive thermal characteristics and low cost per bit.

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 51 Discovery, Suite 150, Irvine, California 92618 and our telephone number at that address is (949) 435-0025.

 

RISK FACTORS

 

Investing in our securities involves risk. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the risks described under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Part I of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, or any updates in Item 1A of Part II of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, together with all of the other information appearing in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, in light of your particular investment objectives and financial circumstances. These risks could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition and could result in a partial or complete loss of your investment.  See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement includes and incorporates by reference “forward-looking statements.”  We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “believe,” “should” and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect the present expectation of future events of our management and are subject to a number of important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements. These factors and risks include, but are not limited to, the rapidly-changing nature of technology; risks associated with intellectual property; volatility in the pricing of DRAM ICs and NAND; changes in and uncertainty of customer acceptance of, and demand for, our existing products and products under development, including uncertainty of and/or delays in product orders and product qualifications; delays in our and our customers’ product releases and development; introductions of new products by competitors; changes in end-user demand for technology solutions; our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; our reliance on suppliers of critical components; fluctuations in the market price of evolving industry standards; the political and regulatory environment in the People’s Republic of China; and other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC.

 

As a result of these risks, certain other risks as detailed in this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, in the documents that we incorporate by reference into this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement and in other documents that we file with the SEC and other factors, no assurance can be given as to our future results and achievements. Accordingly, a forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and those future events or circumstances may not occur. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made and were based on then current expectations.  We undertake no duty to update these forward-looking statements after the date of this prospectus, except as required by law, even though our situation may change in the future. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

 

Unless we inform you otherwise in the prospectus supplement, we expect to use the net proceeds from the sale of the securities for capital expenditures, working capital and other general corporate purposes.  Pending any specific application, we may initially invest the net proceeds in short-term marketable securities.

 

We have not determined the amounts we plan to spend on the areas listed above or the timing of these expenditures.  As a result, our management will have broad discretion to allocate the net proceeds of any offering.

 

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

 

Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation provides that we are authorized to issue 100,000,000 shares of capital stock. Our authorized capital stock is comprised of 90,000,000 shares of common stock, $0.001 par value per share, and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share.

 

The following description is a summary of the material terms of our capital stock and certain provisions of our Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws.  This description does not purport to be complete. For information on how you can obtain our Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws, see “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

Common Stock

 

We are authorized to issue up to 90,000,000 shares of our common stock, par value $0.001 per share.

 

The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote for each share held of record on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders. Our stockholders do not have cumulative voting rights in the election of directors. Accordingly, holders of a majority of the shares voting are able to elect all of our directors.  Subject to preferences that may apply to any then outstanding shares of preferred stock, the holders of outstanding shares of our common stock are entitled to receive dividends out of assets legally available for distribution at the times and in the amounts, if any, that our board of directors may determine from time to time.   In the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up, subject to the rights of each series of our preferred stock, which may, from time to time come into existence, holders of our common stock are entitled to share ratably in all of our assets remaining after we pay our liabilities. Holders of our common stock have no preemptive or other subscription or conversion rights. Our common stock is not redeemable and there are no sinking fund provisions applicable to our common stock.

 

Preferred Stock

 

Our board of directors is authorized, subject to limitations imposed by Delaware law, to issue up to 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, in one or more series, without stockholder approval. Our Board of Directors is authorized to fix the number of shares of preferred stock and to determine or (so long as no shares of such series are then outstanding) alter for each such series, such voting powers, full or limited, or no voting powers, and such designations, preferences, and relative, participating, optional, or other rights and such qualifications, limitations, or restrictions thereof, as shall be stated and expressed in the resolution or resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors providing for the issuance of such shares and as may be permitted by Delaware General Corporation Law.  The rights, privileges, preferences and restrictions of any such additional series may be subordinated to, pari passu with, or senior to any of those of any present or future class or series of our capital stock. Our Board of Directors is also authorized to decrease the number of shares of any series, prior or subsequent to the issue of that series, but not below the number of shares of such series then outstanding. In case the number of shares of any series shall be so decreased, the shares constituting any decrease shall resume the status which they had prior to the adoption of the resolution originally fixing the number of shares of such series.

 

This section describes the general terms and provisions of our preferred stock. The applicable prospectus supplement will describe the specific terms of any shares of preferred stock offered through that prospectus supplement, as well as any general terms described in this section that will not apply to those shares of preferred stock. We will file a copy of the certificate of designation that contains the terms of each new series of preferred stock with the SEC each time we issue a new series of preferred stock. Each certificate of designation will establish the number of shares included in a designated series and fix the designation, powers, privileges, preferences and rights of the shares of each series as well as any applicable qualifications, limitations or restrictions. You should refer to the applicable certificate of designation as well as our Restated Certificate of Incorporation before deciding to buy shares of our preferred stock as described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

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Anti-Takeover Provisions of Delaware Law and Charter Provisions

 

Interested Stockholder Transactions

 

We are subject to Section 203 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, which prohibits a Delaware corporation from engaging in any “business combination” with any “interested stockholder” for a period of three years after the date that such stockholder became an interested stockholder, with the following exceptions:

 

·                  before such date, the board of directors of the corporation approved either the business combination or the transaction that resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested holder;

 

·                  upon consummation of the transaction that resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder, the interested stockholder owned at least 85% of the voting stock of the corporation outstanding at the time the transaction began, excluding, for purposes of determining the number of shares outstanding, those shares owned by persons who are directors and also officers and by employee stock plans in which employee participants do not have the right to determine confidentially whether shares held subject to the plan will be tendered in a tender or exchange offer; or

 

·                  on or after such date, the business combination is approved by the board of directors and authorized at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders, and not by written consent, by the affirmative vote of at least 66 2/3% of the outstanding voting stock that is not owned by the interested stockholder.

 

Section 203 defines “business combination” to include the following:

 

·                  any merger or consolidation involving the corporation and the interested stockholder;

 

·                  any sale, lease, exchange, mortgage, pledge, transfer or other disposition of 10% or more of the assets of the corporation involving the interested stockholder;

 

·                  subject to certain exceptions, any transaction that results in the issuance or transfer by the corporation of any stock of the corporation to the interested stockholder;

 

·                  any transaction involving the corporation that has the effect of increasing the proportionate share of the stock or any class or series of the corporation beneficially owned by the interested stockholder; or

 

·                  the receipt by the interested stockholder of the benefit of any loans, advances, guarantees, pledges or other financial benefits by or through the corporation.

 

In general, Section 203 defines “interested stockholder” as an entity or person beneficially owning 15% or more of the outstanding voting stock of the corporation or any entity or person affiliated with or controlling or controlled by such entity or person.

 

Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws

 

Provisions in our Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws may have the effect of discouraging certain transactions that may result in a change in control of our company. Some of these provisions provide that stockholders cannot act by written consent and impose advance notice requirements and procedures with respect to stockholder proposals and the nomination of candidates for election as directors. Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation allows us to issue shares of preferred stock (see “Blank Check Preferred Stock”) or common stock without any action by stockholders. Our directors and our officers are indemnified by us to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law pursuant to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation.  Our Board of Directors is expressly authorized to make, alter or repeal our Amended and Restated Bylaws.  These provisions may make it more difficult for stockholders to take specific corporate actions and may make it more difficult or discourage an attempt to obtain control of the Company by means of a proxy contest, tender offer, merger or otherwise.

 

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Blank Check Preferred Stock

 

Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation authorizes our Board of Directors to approve the issuance of up to 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, without further approval of the stockholders, and to determine the rights and preferences of any series of preferred stock. The Board could issue one or more series of preferred stock with voting, conversion, dividend, liquidation or other rights that would adversely affect the voting power and ownership interest of holders of our common stock. This authority may have the effect of deterring hostile takeovers, delaying or preventing a change in control and discouraging bids for our common stock at a premium over the market price.

 

DESCRIPTION OF WARRANTS

 

We may issue warrants to purchase common stock, preferred stock or other securities described in this prospectus.  We may issue warrants independently or as part of a unit with other securities. Warrants sold with other securities as a unit may be attached to or separate from the other securities. The prospectus supplement relating to any warrants we are offering will describe specific terms relating to the offering, including a description of any other securities sold together with the warrants. These terms will include some or all of the following:

 

·                  the title of the warrants;

·                  the aggregate number of warrants offered;

·                  the price or prices at which the warrants will be issued;

·                  the designation, number and terms of any common stock, preferred stock or other securities purchasable upon exercise of the warrants and procedures by which those numbers may be adjusted;

·                  the exercise price of the warrants, including any provisions for changes or adjustments to the exercise price, and terms relating to the currency in which such price is payable;

·                  the dates or periods during which the warrants are exercisable;

·                  the designation and terms of any securities with which the warrants are issued as a unit;

·                  if the warrants are issued as a unit with another security, the date on or after which the warrants and the other security will be separately transferable;

·                  any minimum or maximum amount of warrants that may be exercised at any one time;

·                  any terms relating to the modification of the warrants;

·                  a discussion of material federal income tax considerations, if applicable; and

·                  any other terms of the warrants and any other securities sold together with the warrants, including, but not limited to, the terms, procedures and limitations relating to the transferability, exchange, exercise or redemption of the warrants.

 

The applicable prospectus supplement will describe the specific terms of any warrant units.

 

The descriptions of the warrants in this prospectus and in any prospectus supplement are summaries of the material provisions of the applicable warrant agreements. These descriptions do not restate those agreements in their entirety and do not contain all of the information that you may find useful. We urge you to read the applicable agreements because they, and not the summaries, define many of your rights as holders of the warrants or any warrant units. For more information, please review the form of the relevant agreements, which will be filed with the SEC promptly after the offering of warrants or warrant units and will be available as described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSITARY SHARES

 

The following briefly summarizes the general provisions of depositary shares representing interests in shares of our preferred stock. Each issuance of shares will be issued under a depositary agreement to be entered into between us and a bank or trust company as depositary. The shares will be evidenced by depositary receipts.  You should read the more detailed provisions of the deposit agreement and the form of depositary receipt for provisions that may be important to you. The particular terms of any depositary shares that we offer will be set forth in the

 

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applicable prospectus supplement. The prospectus supplement will also state whether any of the generalized provisions summarized below do not apply to the depositary shares being offered. We urge you to review the applicable agreements because they, and not the summaries, define many of your rights as a holder of the depositary shares. For more information, please review the form of deposit agreement and form of depositary receipts relating to each series of the preferred stock, which will be filed with the SEC promptly after the offering of that series of preferred stock and will be available as described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

General

 

We may elect to have shares of our preferred stock represented by depositary shares. The shares of any series of our preferred stock underlying the depositary shares will be deposited under a separate deposit agreement between us and a bank or trust company that we select. The prospectus supplement relating to a series of depositary shares will set forth the name and address of this depositary. Subject to the terms of the deposit agreement, each owner of a depositary share will be entitled, proportionately, to all the rights, preferences and privileges of the preferred stock represented by such depositary share, including dividend, voting, redemption, conversion, exchange and liquidation rights, if any, and all the limitations of the series of preferred stock.

 

The depositary shares will be evidenced by depositary receipts issued pursuant to the deposit agreement, each of which will represent the applicable interest in a number of shares of a particular series of our preferred stock described in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

A holder of depositary shares will be entitled to receive the shares of preferred stock, but only in whole shares of preferred stock, underlying those depositary shares. If the depositary receipts delivered by the holder evidence a number of depositary shares in excess of the whole number of shares of preferred stock to be withdrawn, the depositary will deliver to that holder at the same time a new depositary receipt for the excess number of depositary shares.

 

Dividends and Other Distributions

 

The depositary will distribute all cash dividends or other cash distributions it receives in respect of the series of preferred stock represented by the depositary shares to the record holders of depositary receipts represented by the depositary shares in proportion, to the extent possible, to the number of depositary shares owned by those holders. The depositary, however, will distribute only the amount that can be distributed without attributing to any depositary share a fraction of one cent, and any undistributed balance will be added to and treated as part of the next sum received by the depositary for distribution to record holders of depositary receipts then outstanding.

 

If there is a dividend or distribution other than in cash in respect of the series of preferred stock represented by the depositary shares, the depositary will distribute property received by it to the record holders of depositary receipts in proportion, insofar as possible, to the number of depositary shares owned by those holders, unless the depositary determines that it is not feasible to make such a distribution. In that case, the depositary may, with our approval, adopt any method that it deems equitable and practicable to effect the distribution, including a public or private sale of the property and distribution of the net proceeds from the sale to the holders.

 

The amount distributed in any of the above cases will be reduced by any amount we or the depositary are required to withhold on account of taxes.

 

Conversion and Exchange

 

If any series of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares is subject to provisions relating to its conversion or exchange as set forth in an applicable prospectus supplement, each record holder of depositary receipts will have the right or obligation to convert or exchange the depositary shares evidenced by the depositary receipts pursuant to those provisions.

 

Redemption of Depositary Shares

 

If any series of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares is subject to redemption and we redeem the preferred stock represented by the depositary shares, the depositary shares will be redeemed from the proceeds received by the preferred stock depositary resulting from the redemption, in whole or in part, of the preferred stock held by the depositary. Whenever we redeem a share of preferred stock held by the depositary, the depositary will

 

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redeem as of the same redemption date a proportionate number of depositary shares representing the shares of preferred stock that were redeemed. The redemption price per depositary share will be equal to the aggregate redemption price payable with respect to the number of shares of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares. If fewer than all the depositary shares are to be redeemed with respect to a specific series of preferred stock, the depositary shares to be redeemed will be selected by lot or proportionately as we may determine.

 

After the date fixed for redemption, the depositary shares called for redemption will no longer be deemed to be outstanding and all rights of the holders of the depositary shares will cease, except the right to receive the redemption price.  In order to redeem their depositary shares, holders must surrender their depositary receipts to the depositary.  Any redemption price that we deposit with the depositary relating to depositary shares which are not redeemed by the holders of the depositary shares will be returned to us after a period of two years from the date the funds are deposited by us.

 

Voting

 

Upon receipt of notice of any meeting at which the holders of any shares of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares are entitled to vote, the depositary will mail the information contained in the notice to the record holders of the depositary receipts. Each record holder of the depositary receipts on the record date, which will be the same date as the record date for the preferred stock, may then instruct the depositary as to the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the number of shares of preferred stock underlying that holder’s depositary shares. The depositary will try to vote, to the extent practicable, the number of shares of preferred stock underlying the depositary shares in accordance with the instructions, and we will agree to take all reasonable action which the depositary deems necessary to enable the depositary to do so. The depositary will abstain from voting the preferred stock to the extent that it does not receive specific written instructions from holders of depositary receipts representing the preferred stock.

 

Record Date

 

Subject to the provisions of the deposit agreement, whenever:

 

·                  any cash dividend or other cash distribution becomes payable;

·                  any distribution other than cash is made;

·                  any rights, preferences or privileges are offered with respect to the preferred stock;

·                  the depositary receives notice of any meeting at which holders of preferred stock are entitled to vote or of which holders of preferred stock are entitled to notice; or

·                  the depositary receives notice of the mandatory conversion of or any election by us to call for the redemption of any preferred stock,

 

the depositary will in each instance fix a record date, which will be the same as the record date for the preferred stock, for the determination of the holders of depositary receipts:

 

·                  who will be entitled to receive dividend, distribution, rights, preferences or privileges or the net proceeds of any sale, or

·                  who will be entitled to give instructions for the exercise of voting rights at any such meeting or to receive notice of the meeting or the redemption or conversion.

 

Withdrawal of Preferred Stock

 

Upon surrender of depositary receipts at the principal office of the depositary, upon payment of any unpaid amount due the depositary, and subject to the terms of the deposit agreement, the owner of the depositary shares evidenced by the depositary receipts is entitled to delivery of the number of whole shares of preferred stock and all money and other property, if any, represented by the depositary shares. Partial shares of preferred stock will not be issued. If the depositary receipts delivered by the holder evidence a number of depositary shares in excess of the number of depositary shares representing the number of whole shares of preferred stock to be withdrawn, the depositary will deliver to the holder at the same time a new depositary receipt evidencing the excess number of depositary shares. Holders of preferred stock that are withdrawn will not be entitled to deposit the preferred stock that have been withdrawn under the deposit agreement or to receive depositary receipts.

 

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Amendment and Termination of the Deposit Agreement

 

We and the depositary may at any time agree to amend the form of depositary receipt and any provision of the deposit agreement. However, any amendment that materially and adversely alters the rights of holders of depositary shares will not be effective unless the amendment has been approved by the holders of at least a majority of the depositary shares then outstanding.  The deposit agreement may be terminated by us or by the depositary only if all outstanding shares have been redeemed or if a final distribution in respect of the underlying preferred stock has been made to the holders of the depositary shares in connection with our liquidation, dissolution or winding up.

 

Charges of Depositary

 

We will pay all charges of the depositary including charges in connection with the initial deposit of the preferred stock, the initial issuance of the depositary receipts, the distribution of information to the holders of depositary receipts with respect to matters on which preference stock is entitled to vote, withdrawals of the preferred stock by the holders of depositary receipts or redemption or conversion of the preferred stock, except for taxes (including transfer taxes, if any) and other governmental charges and any other charges expressly provided in the deposit agreement to be at the expense of holders of depositary receipts or persons depositing preferred stock.

 

DESCRIPTION OF UNITS

 

As specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, we may issue units comprised of one or more of the other securities described in this prospectus in any combination. Each unit will be issued so that the holder of the unit is also the holder of each security included in the unit. Thus, the holder of a unit will have the rights and obligations of a holder of each included security. The prospectus supplement will describe:

 

·                  the designation and terms of the units and of the securities comprising the units, including whether and under what circumstances the securities comprising the units may be held or transferred separately;

·                  a description of the terms of any unit agreement governing the units;

·                  a description of the provisions for the payment, settlement, transfer or exchange of the units;

·                  a discussion of material federal income tax considerations, if applicable; and

·                  whether the units will be issued in fully registered or global form.

 

The descriptions of the units and any applicable underlying security or pledge or depository arrangements in this prospectus and in any prospectus supplement are summaries of the material provisions of the applicable agreements. These descriptions do not restate those agreements in their entirety and may not contain all the information that you may find useful. We urge you to read the applicable agreements because they, and not the summaries, define many of your rights as holders of the units. For more information, please review the form of the relevant agreements, which will be filed with the SEC promptly after the offering of units and will be available as described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

We may sell the securities in and outside the United States (a) to or through underwriters or dealers, (b) directly to one or more purchasers, including our affiliates, (c) through agents or (d) through a combination of any of these methods.

 

In addition, we may enter into derivative or hedging transactions with third parties. These third parties may in turn engage in sales of the securities pursuant to this prospectus and applicable prospectus supplement in order to hedge their position and use securities to close out any loan of the securities or short position created in connection with those sales. We may also loan or pledge the securities covered by this prospectus and applicable prospectus supplement to third parties, who may sell the loaned securities or, in an event of default in the case of a pledge, sell the pledged securities pursuant to this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

The prospectus supplement will include the following information:

 

·                  the terms of the offering;

 

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·                  whether the offering is being made to or through underwriters, dealers or agents;

·                  the names of any underwriters, dealers or agents;

·                  the name or names of any managing underwriter or underwriters;

·                  the purchase price of the securities;

·                  the net proceeds from the sale of the securities;

·                  any delayed delivery arrangements;

·                  any underwriting discounts, commissions and other items constituting underwriters’ compensation;

·                  any discounts or concessions allowed or re-allowed or paid to dealers; and

·                  any commissions paid to agents.

 

Sale Through Underwriters Or Dealers

 

If underwriters are used in an offering, the underwriters will acquire the securities for their own account.  The underwriters may resell the securities from time to time in one or more transactions, including negotiated transactions, at a fixed public offering price or at varying prices determined at the time of sale.  Underwriters may offer the securities to the public either through underwriting syndicates represented by one or more managing underwriters or directly by one or more firms acting as underwriters.  Unless we inform you otherwise in the prospectus supplement, the obligations of the underwriters to purchase our securities will be subject to certain conditions, and the underwriters will be obligated to purchase all the offered securities if they purchase any of them.  The underwriters may change from time to time any offering price and any discounts or concessions allowed or re-allowed or paid to dealers.

 

During and after an offering through underwriters, the underwriters may purchase and sell our securities in the open market.  These transactions may include overallotment and stabilizing transactions and purchases to cover syndicate short positions created in connection with the offering.  The underwriters may also impose a penalty bid, which means that selling concessions allowed to syndicate members or other broker-dealers for the securities sold for their account may be reclaimed by the syndicate if the offered securities are repurchased by the syndicate in stabilizing or covering transactions.  These activities may stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the market price of the securities, which may be higher than the price that might otherwise prevail in the open market.  If commenced, the underwriters may discontinue these activities at any time.

 

If dealers are used in the sale of our securities, we will sell the securities to them as principals.  They may then resell those securities to the public at varying prices determined by the dealers at the time of resale.  We will include in the prospectus supplement the names of the dealers and the terms of the transaction.

 

Direct Sales and Sales Through Agents

 

We may sell our securities directly.  In this case, no underwriters or agents would be involved.  We may also sell the securities through agents designated from time to time.  In the prospectus supplement, we will name any agent involved in the offer or sale of the securities, and we will describe any commissions payable to the agent.  Unless we inform you otherwise in the prospectus supplement, any agent will agree to use its reasonable best efforts to solicit purchases for the period of its appointment.

 

We may sell the securities directly to institutional investors or others who may be deemed to be underwriters within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, with respect to any sale of those securities.  We will describe the terms of any such sales in the prospectus supplement.

 

Delayed Delivery Contracts

 

If we so indicate in the prospectus supplement, we may authorize agents, underwriters or dealers to solicit offers from certain types of institutions to purchase securities from us at the public offering price under delayed delivery contracts.  These contracts would provide for payment and delivery on a specified date in the future.  The contracts would be subject only to those conditions described in the prospectus supplement.  The prospectus supplement will describe the commission payable for solicitation of those contracts.

 

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General Information

 

We may have agreements with the agents, dealers and underwriters to indemnify them against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, or to contribute with respect to payments that the agents, dealers or underwriters may be required to make.  Agents, dealers and underwriters may be customers of, engage in transactions with or perform services for us in the ordinary course of their businesses.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Bryan Cave LLP, Irvine, California, has passed upon the validity of the securities to be offered pursuant to this prospectus.

 

EXPERTS

 

The consolidated financial statements of Netlist, Inc. and its subsidiaries included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2009 have been audited by KMJ Corbin & Company LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is incorporated by reference herein, and has been so incorporated in reliance upon such report and upon the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

 

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” the information we file with them.  This means that we can disclose important information to you in this prospectus by referring you to those documents.  These incorporated documents contain important business and financial information about us that is not included in or delivered with this prospectus.  The information incorporated by reference is considered to be part of this prospectus, and later information filed with the SEC will update and supersede this information.

 

We incorporate by reference the following documents, which we have previously filed with the SEC (SEC File No. 001-33170):

 

·                  our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2009;

 

·                  our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended April 4, July 4 and October 3, 2009;

 

·                  our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed on January 30, June 4, September 21, November 2, and December 2, 2009 (date of earliest event reported November 25, 2009) and portions of our Current Reports filed on May 28 and December 2, 2009 (date of earliest event reported December 1, 2009);

 

·                  the description of our common stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed with the SEC on November 27, 2006, including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description; and

 

·                  any future filings made by us with the SEC under Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, until we sell all of the shares except for the filings, or portions thereof, that are “furnished” rather than filed with the SEC.

 

We will provide without charge to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom a prospectus is delivered, on written or oral request of that person, a copy of any or all of the documents we are incorporating by reference into this prospectus, other than exhibits to those documents unless such exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference into those documents.  Such written requests should be addressed to:

 

Netlist, Inc.

51 Discovery, Suite 150

Irvine, California 92618

Attention: Gail Itow

 

You may direct telephone requests to Gail Itow, our Chief Financial Officer, at (949) 474-4300.

 

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

 

We file annual, quarterly, and special reports and proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any document that we file at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the Public Reference Room. Our SEC filings are also available on the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of certain information filed by us with the SEC are also available on our web site at http://www.netlist.com. We have not incorporated by reference into this prospectus the information on our website, and you should not consider it to be a part of this document.

 

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PART II

 

INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS

 

Item 14.  Other Expenses Of Issuance And Distribution

 

The estimated expenses in connection with the issuance and distribution of the securities being registered, other than underwriting compensation, are:

 

SEC Registration Fee*

 

$

2,139

 

Legal Fees and Expenses(1)

 

$

25,000

 

Accounting Fees and Expenses(1)

 

$

10,000

 

Transfer Agent and Registrar Fees and Expenses(1)

 

$

0

 

Printing and Engraving Fees(1)

 

$

5,000

 

Miscellaneous

 

$

17,861

 

Total

 

$

60,000

 

 


*                                         Paid upon the initial filing of this Registration Statement with the SEC on January 11, 2010.

 

(1)                                  Does not include expenses of preparing prospectus supplements and other expenses related to offering particular securities.

 

Item 15.  Indemnification Of Directors And Officers

 

The Registrant is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware.  Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law provides that a corporation may indemnify any persons who were, are or are threatened to be made, parties to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such corporation), by reason of the fact that such person is or was an officer, director, employee or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise.  The indemnity may include expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, provided such person acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the corporation’s best interests and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful.

 

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law further authorizes a corporation to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or enterprise, against any liability asserted against him or her and incurred by him or her in any such capacity, arising out of his or her status as such, whether or not the corporation would otherwise have the power to indemnify him or her under Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law.

 

Pursuant to the Registrant’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation, a director of shall not be personally liable to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director to the fullest extent permitted by the Delaware General Corporation Law.  In addition, the Registrant’s Amended and Restated Bylaws provide for indemnification of directors, officers, employees and agents to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law and authorize the Registrant to purchase and maintain insurance to protect itself and any director, officer, employee or agent of the Registrant or another business entity against any expense, liability, or loss, regardless of whether the Registrant would have the power to indemnify such person under its bylaws or Delaware law.

 

The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with each of its current directors and executive officers (the form of which is filed as Exhibit 10.12 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement No. 333-136735 on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on August 18, 2006, as amended).  These agreements will require the Registrant to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to the Registrant, and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified.  The Registrant also intends to enter into indemnification agreements with its future directors and executive officers.

 

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Item 16.  Exhibits

 

See the Exhibit Index which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 17.  Undertakings

 

The Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(a)(1)  To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement to:

 

(i)  include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

(ii)  reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) (§230.424(b) of this chapter) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and

 

(iii)  include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement.

 

Provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i), (a)(1)(ii) and (a) (1)(iii) of this section do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) that is part of the registration statement.

 

(2)  That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3)  To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(4)  That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser:

 

(i) Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and

 

(ii) Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by section 10(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a

 

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registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.

 

(5) That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933 to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:

 

(i) Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;

 

(ii) Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;

 

(iii) The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and

 

(iv) Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.

 

(b) That, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions described in Item 15 above, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on a Form S-3 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Irvine, State of California, on this 11th day of January 2010.

 

 

NETLIST, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Chun K. Hong

 

 

Chun K. Hong

 

 

President, Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman of the Board

 

 

Each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Chun K. Hong and Gail Itow, and each of them, as true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents with full power of substitution and re-substitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities to sign the Registration Statement filed herewith and any or all amendments and supplements to said Registration Statement (including post-effective amendments and registration statements filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) or otherwise), and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agents the full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the foregoing, as to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agents or any of them, or his substitute, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on January 11, 2010.

 

Signature

 

Title

 

 

 

/s/ Chun K. Hong

 

President, Chief Executive Officer and

Chun K. Hong

 

Chairman of the Board

 

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

/s/ Gail Itow

 

Vice President of Finance and

Gail Itow

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

/s/ Nam Ki Hong

 

Director

Nam Ki Hong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director

Thomas F. Lagatta

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Alan H. Portnoy

 

Director

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

 

 

Number

 

Description

 

 

 

1.1

 

Form of Underwriting Agreement.**

 

 

 

3.1

 

Restated Certificate of Incorporation (Incorporated by reference to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-136735) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 23, 2006).

 

 

 

3.2

 

Amended and Restated Bylaws (Incorporated by reference to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-136735) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 23, 2006).

 

 

 

4.1

 

Form of Warrant Agreement.**

 

 

 

4.2

 

Form of Deposit Agreement for Depositary Shares (including form of depositary receipt).**

 

 

 

4.3

 

Form of Unit Agreement (including form of unit certificate).**

 

 

 

4.4

 

Form of Certificate of Designation with respect to shares of Preferred Stock.**

 

 

 

5.1

 

Opinion of Bryan Cave LLP regarding the legality of the securities being registered.*

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of KMJ Corbin & Company LLP.*

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of Bryan Cave LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).*

 

 

 

24

 

Powers of Attorney of directors and certain officers of the Registrant (included on signature page).*

 


*    Filed herewith.

 

**  To be filed by an amendment or as an exhibit to a document filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and incorporated by reference herein.

 


 

EX-5.1 2 a10-1093_1ex5d1.htm EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

 

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January 11, 2010

 

Netlist, Inc.

51 Discovery, Suite 150

Irvine, California 92618

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have acted as special counsel to Netlist, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the Company’s filing of a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), relating to an aggregate of $50,000,000 of (i) shares of common stock of the Company, par value $.001 per share (the “Common Stock”); (ii) shares of preferred stock of the Company, par value $.001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”), which may be represented by depositary shares (the “Depositary Shares”) evidenced by depositary receipts (the “Receipts”); (iii) warrants to purchase Common Stock, Preferred Stock, or other securities (the “Warrants”); and (iv) units of the Company (the “Units”), consisting of one or more of Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Depositary Shares, and Warrants.  All capitalized terms which are defined in the Registration Statement shall have the same meanings when used herein, unless otherwise specified.

 

The Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Depositary Shares, Warrants, and the Units are hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Securities.”  The Securities may be issued and sold or delivered from time to time by the Company as set forth in the Registration Statement, any amendment thereto, the prospectus contained therein (the “Prospectus”), and supplements to the Prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 415 under the Act.

 

The Depositary Shares will be issued pursuant to a deposit agreement (the “Deposit Agreement”) between the Company and a depositary agent to be specified therein (the “Depositary Agent”).

 

The Warrants will be issued under a warrant agreement (the “Warrant Agreement”) between the Company and a warrant agent to be specified therein.  Each party to a Warrant Agreement other than the Company is referred to hereinafter as a “Counterparty.”

 



 

The Units will be issued under a unit agreement (the “Unit Agreement”) between the Company and a unit agent to be specified therein (the “Unit Agent”).

 

In rendering this opinion, we have examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the:

 

(i)            Registration Statement;

(ii)           Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company filed on November 20, 2006; and

(iii)          Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, as in effect on the date hereof.

 

We have also examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of other corporate records, agreements and instruments of the Company, certificates of public officials and officers of the Company, and such other documents, records and instruments, and we have made such legal and factual inquiries, as we have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for us to render the opinions hereinafter expressed. In our examination of the foregoing, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the legal competence and capacity of natural persons, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals and the conformity with authentic original documents of all documents submitted to us as copies. When relevant facts were not independently established, we have relied without independent investigation as to matters of fact upon statements of governmental officials and upon representations made in or pursuant to the certificates and statements of appropriate representatives of the Company.

 

We also have assumed that: (1) at the time of execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of the Receipts, the Deposit Agreement will be the valid and legally binding obligation of the Depositary Agent, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms; (2) at the time of the execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of any Warrants, the related Warrant Agreement will be the valid and legally binding obligation of each Counterparty thereto, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms; and (3) at the time of the execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of the Units, the related Unit Agreement will be the valid and legally binding obligation of the Unit Agent, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms.

 

We have assumed further that: (1) at the time of execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of the Receipts, the Deposit Agreement will have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Depositary Agent and will be in full force and effect and will not have been terminated or rescinded by the Company or the Depositary Agent; (2) at the time of execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of any Warrants, the related Warrant Agreement will have been duly authorized, executed, and delivered by the Company and the Counterparty and will be in full force and effect and will not have been terminated or rescinded by the Company or the Counterparty; (3) at the time of execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of the Units, the Unit Agreement will have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Unit Agent and will be in full force and effect and will not have been terminated or rescinded by the Company or the Unit Agent; and (4) at the time of execution, countersignature, issuance and sale of any of the Securities, the terms of the Securities, and their issuance and sale, will have been established so as not to violate any applicable law or result in a default under or breach of any agreement or instrument binding upon the Company, and so as to comply with any requirement or restriction imposed by any court or governmental body having jurisdiction over the Company.

 

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Based upon the foregoing and in reliance thereon, and subject to the assumptions, comments, qualifications, limitations and exceptions set forth herein and the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, we are the opinion that:

 

1.             With respect to the Common Stock, assuming the (a) taking of all necessary corporate action to authorize and approve the issuance of the Common Stock, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters and (b) due issuance and delivery of the Common Stock, upon payment therefor in accordance with the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Board of Directors of the Company, a duly constituted and acting committee of such board or duly authorized officers of the Company (such Board of Directors, committee or authorized officers being referred to herein as the “Board”), the Common Stock will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

2.             With respect to the Preferred Stock, assuming the (a) taking of all necessary corporate action to authorize and approve the issuance of the Preferred Stock, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters, (b) due filing of the Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company authorizing and establishing the terms of the Preferred Stock, and (c) due issuance and delivery of the Preferred Stock, upon payment therefor in accordance with the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Board, the Preferred Stock will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

3.             With respect to the Receipts, assuming the (a) taking of all necessary corporate action to authorize and approve the issuance and terms of the related Preferred Stock, the terms of the offering of the Receipts and related matters, (b) due filing of the Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company authorizing and establishing the terms of the Preferred Stock, (c) terms of the Depositary Shares and of their issuance and sale have been duly established in conformity with the terms of a valid and legally binding Deposit Agreement conforming to the description thereof in the Prospectus, (d) due issuance and delivery of the related Preferred Stock upon payment of the consideration therefor provided in the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Board, and (e) due issuance and delivery of Receipts evidencing the Depositary Shares against the deposit of the Preferred Stock in accordance with the Deposit Agreement, such Receipts will be validly issued and will entitle the holders thereof to the rights specified in the Deposit Agreement.

 

4.             With respect to the Warrants, assuming the (a) taking of all necessary corporate action to authorize and approve the issuance and terms of the Warrants, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters and (b) due execution, countersignature, issuance and delivery of such Warrants upon payment of the consideration for such Warrants provided for in the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Board and otherwise in accordance with the provisions of the applicable Warrant Agreement, such Warrants will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms.

 

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5.             With respect to the Units, assuming the (a) taking of all necessary corporate action to authorize and approve the issuance, execution and terms of any Units, the related Unit Agreements and any Securities which are components of the Units, the terms of the offering thereof and related matters, and (b) due execution, countersignature (where applicable), authentication, issuance and delivery of the Units, the Unit Agreements, and the Securities that are components of such Units, in each case upon the payment of the consideration therefor provided for in the applicable definitive purchase, underwriting or similar agreement approved by the Board, and otherwise in accordance with the provisions of the applicable (i) Deposit Agreement, in the case of Depositary Shares or Receipts, or (ii) Warrant Agreement, in the case of Warrants, such Units will be validly issued and will entitle the holders thereof to the rights specified in the Unit Agreements.

 

In addition to the assumptions, comments, qualifications, limitations and exceptions set forth above, the opinions set forth herein are further limited by, subject to and based upon the following:

 

(a)           The opinions herein reflect only the application of applicable laws of the State of Delaware (excluding the securities and blue sky laws of such State, as to which we express no opinion). The opinions set forth herein are made as of the date hereof and are subject to, and may be limited by, future changes in the factual matters set forth herein, and we undertake no duty to advise you of the same.  The opinions expressed herein are based upon the law in effect (and published or otherwise generally available) on the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to revise or supplement these opinions should such law be changed by legislative action, judicial decision or otherwise. In rendering our opinions, we have not considered, and hereby disclaim any opinion as to, the application or impact of any laws, cases, decisions, rules or regulations of any other jurisdiction, court or administrative agency.

 

(b)           The opinions set forth in paragraphs 3 through 5 above are subject to and may be limited by (i) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, moratorium and other similar laws affecting or relating to the rights and remedies of creditors generally, including, without limitation, laws relating to fraudulent conveyances, preferences and equitable subordination, (ii) general principles of equity (regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law), and (iii) an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

 

(c)           Our opinions are further subject to the effect of generally applicable rules of law arising from statutes, judicial and administrative decisions, and the rules and regulations of governmental authorities that:  (i) limit or affect the enforcement of provisions of a contract that purport to require waiver of the obligations of good faith, fair dealing, diligence and reasonableness; (ii) limit the availability of a remedy under certain circumstances where another remedy has been elected; (iii) limit the enforceability of provisions releasing, exculpating or exempting a party from, or requiring indemnification of a party for, liability for its own action or inaction, to the extent the action or inaction involves negligence, recklessness, willful misconduct or unlawful conduct; (iv) may, where less than all of the contract may be unenforceable, limit the enforceability of the balance of the contract to circumstances in which the unenforceable portion is not an essential part of the agreed exchange and (v) govern and afford judicial discretion regarding the determination of damages and entitlement to attorneys’ fees.

 

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(d)           We express no opinion as to the enforceability of any rights to indemnification or contribution provided for in any Warrant Agreements, Unit Agreements, Deposit Agreement, or other agreements which are violative of public policy underlying any law, rule or regulation (including any federal or state securities law, rule or regulation) or the legality of such rights.

 

(e)           We express no opinion as to the enforceability of any provision in any Warrant Agreements, Unit Agreements, Deposit Agreement, or other agreements purporting or attempting to (i) confer exclusive jurisdiction and/or venue upon certain courts or otherwise waive the defenses of forum non conveniens or improper venue, (ii) confer subject matter jurisdiction on a court not having independent grounds therefor, (iii) modify or waive the requirements for effective service of process for any action that may be brought, (iv) waive the right of the Company or any other person to a trial by jury, (v) provide that remedies are cumulative or that decisions by a party are conclusive, (vi) modify or waive the rights to notice, legal defenses, statutes of limitations or other benefits that cannot be waived under applicable law, or (vii) govern choice of applicable law or conflict of laws.

 

(f)            You have informed us that you intend to issue the Securities from time to time on a delayed or continuous basis, and this opinion is limited to the laws, including the rules and regulations, as in effect on the date hereof. We understand that prior to issuing any Securities you will afford us an opportunity to review the operative documents pursuant to which such Securities are to be issued (including the applicable prospectus supplement) and will file such supplement or amendment to this opinion (if any) as we may reasonably consider necessary or appropriate by reason of the terms of such Securities.

 

We do not render any opinions except as set forth above. This opinion letter is being delivered by us solely for purposes of the filing of the Registration Statement with the Commission. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement and to the use of our name under the caption “Legal Matters” in the Prospectus. We also consent to your filing copies of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the Registration Statement with agencies of such states as you deem necessary in the course of complying with the laws of such states regarding the offering and sale of the Shares. In giving such consent, we do not thereby concede that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the Rules and Regulations of the Commission thereunder.

 

Very truly yours,

 

/s/ Bryan Cave LLP

 

Bryan Cave LLP

 

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EX-23.1 3 a10-1093_1ex23d1.htm EX-23.1

Exhibit 23.1

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-3 of our report dated March 30, 2009, relating to the consolidated financial statements of Netlist, Inc. and subsidiaries, appearing in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Netlist, Inc. and subsidiaries, for the year ended January 3, 2009, and to the reference to us under the heading “Experts” in the Prospectus, which is part of this Registration Statement.

 

/s/ KMJ Corbin & Company LLP

 

Costa Mesa, California
January 11, 2010

 


 

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