Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies  
Commitments and Contingencies

15. Commitments and Contingencies


On October 3, 2014, the Company entered into a 15-year lease for office space at 2 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, at an average annual rent of $2.5 million. The Company took possession of this space, which serves as its principal executive offices, in December 2015, and took occupancy in April 2016. Total rent expense, over the full term of the lease for this space will approximate $40.7 million. In conjunction with the lease, the Company entered into Desk Space Agreements with two related parties: OPPM and TGTX, to occupy 10% and 45%, respectively, of the office space that requires them to pay their share of the average annual rent of $0.3 million and $1.1 million, respectively. The total net rent expense will approximate $16.0 million over the lease term. These initial rent allocations will be adjusted periodically for each party based upon actual percentage of the office space occupied. Additionally, the Company has reserved the right to execute desk space agreements with other third parties and those arrangements will also affect the cost of the lease actually borne by us.

In October 2015, the Company entered into a 5-year lease for approximately 6,100 square feet of office space in Waltham, MA at an average annual rent of approximately $0.2 million. The Company took occupancy of this space in January 2016. In December 2020, we amended our lease and entered into a new two-year extension of the same office space in Waltham, MA at an average annual rent of $0.2 million. The term of this amended lease commences on April 1, 2021 and will expire on March 31, 2023.


In June 2017, Journey extended its lease for 2,295 square feet of office space in Scottsdale, AZ by one year, at an average annual rent of approximately $55,000. Journey originally took occupancy of this space in November 2014. In August 2018, Journey amended their lease and entered into a new two-year extension for 3,681 square feet of office space in the same location in Scottsdale, AZ at an annual rate of approximately $94,000. The term of this amended lease commenced on December 1, 2018 and will expire on November 30, 2020. In August 2020, Journey amended their lease and entered into a new 25-month extension of the same office space in Scottsdale, AZ at an average annual rent of $0.1 million.  The term of this amended lease commenced on December 1, 2020 and will expire on December 31, 2022.


On October 27, 2017, Mustang entered into a lease agreement with WCS - 377 Plantation Street, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation (“Landlord”). Pursuant to the terms of the lease agreement, Mustang agreed to lease 27,043 square feet from the Landlord, located at 377 Plantation Street in Worcester, MA (the “Facility”), through November 2026, subject to additional extensions at Mustang’s option. Base rent, net of abatements of $0.6 million over the lease term, totals approximately $3.6 million, on a triple-net basis.

The terms of the lease also require that Mustang post an initial security deposit of $0.8 million, in the form of $0.5 million letter of credit and $0.3 million in cash, which increased to $1.3 million ($1.0 million letter of credit, $0.3 million in cash) on November 1, 2019. After the fifth lease year, the letter of credit obligation is subject to reduction.

The Facility began operations for the production of personalized CAR T and gene therapies in 2018.

The Company leases copiers under agreements classified as operating leases that expire on various dates through 2024.

Most of the Company’s lease liabilities result from the lease of its New York City, NY office, which expires in 2031 and Mustang’s Worcester, MA cell processing facility lease, which expires in 2026. Such leases do not require any contingent rental payments, impose any financial restrictions, or contain any residual value guarantees.  Certain of the Company’s leases include renewal options and escalation clauses; renewal options have not been included in the calculation of the lease liabilities and right of use assets as the Company is not reasonably certain to exercise the options.  The Company does not act as a lessor or have any leases classified as financing leases. At December 31, 2020, the Company had operating lease liabilities of $24.7 million and right of use assets of $20.5 million, which were included in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

During the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, the Company recorded $3.2 million and $3.2 million, respectively, as lease expense to current period operations.


Year Ended December 31, 

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Lease Cost


Operating lease cost





Shared lease costs




Variable lease cost




Total lease expense





The following tables summarize quantitative information about the Company’s operating leases, under the adoption of ASC Topic 842, Leases:


Year Ended December 31, 


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Operating cash flows from operating leases





Right-of-use assets exchanged for new operating lease liabilities


Weighted-average remaining lease term – operating leases (years)





Weighted-average discount rate – operating leases








Future Lease

($ in thousands)


Year Ended December 31, 2021



Year Ended December 31, 2022



Year Ended December 31, 2023



Year Ended December 31, 2024



Year Ended December 31, 2025






Total operating lease liabilities



Less: present value discount



Net operating lease liabilities, short-term and long-term



The Company recognizes rent expense on a straight-line basis over the non-cancellable lease term. Rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was $2.0 million and $2.1 million, respectively.


In accordance with its certificate of incorporation, bylaws and indemnification agreements, the Company has indemnification obligations to its officers and directors for certain events or occurrences, subject to certain limits, while they are serving at the Company’s request in such capacity. There have been no claims to date, and the Company has director and officer insurance to address such claims. Pursuant to agreements with clinical trial sites, the Company provides indemnification to such sites in certain conditions.

Legal Proceedings

In the ordinary course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries may be subject to both insured and uninsured litigation. Suits and claims may be brought against the Company by customers, suppliers, partners and/or third parties (including tort claims for personal injury arising from clinical trials of the Company’s product candidates and property damage) alleging deficiencies in performance, breach of contract, etc., and seeking resulting alleged damages.

In November 2020, a purported securities class action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, putatively on behalf of all shareholders who purchased or otherwise acquired Fortress securities between December 11, 2019 and October 9, 2020 (the “Class Period”), and who were allegedly damaged in connection therewith.  The case is captioned Cushman v. Fortress Biotech, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:20-cv-05767, and names as defendants the Company and two of our officers. The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the Company made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose various facts and circumstances with respect to a New Drug Application filed by Avenue Therapeutics, Inc., our partner company, regarding IV Tramadol, Avenue’s lead product candidate.   The complaint alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, and seeks damages as well as attorneys’ fees, expert fees and other costs. The action is in the early stages of litigation, and the Company intends to vigorously contest the claims.