Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Fair Value Measurements

Fair Value Measurements
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Fair Value Measurements [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements

9.       Fair Value Measurements

Financial assets and liabilities recorded at fair value in the consolidated balance sheet are categorized based upon a fair value hierarchy established by U.S. GAAP, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into the following levels:



Level 1:

  Inputs based on quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities at the measurement date.

Level 2:

  Quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets; quoted prices for identical or similar assets and liabilities in markets that are not active; or inputs that are observable and can be corroborated by observable market data.

Level 3:

  Inputs reflect management’s best estimates and assumptions of what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability at the measurement date. The inputs are unobservable in the market and significant to the valuation of the instruments.


Fair Value on a Recurring Basis:

The Company periodically invests excess cash in money-market funds not insured by the FDIC. The Company believes that the investments in money market funds are on deposit with creditworthy financial institutions and that the funds are highly liquid. The fair values of the Company’s investments in money-market funds are based on the daily quoted market prices for the net asset value of the various money market funds. These money-market funds are considered Level 1 assets and totaled approximately $52,383 and $55,173 as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively and are included in cash and cash equivalents in the consolidated balance sheets.

Investments in mutual funds are quoted based on the daily market prices, are considered Level 1 assets and totaled approximately zero and $84 as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively and are included in other non-current assets in the consolidated balance sheets.

On February 8, 2010, the Company issued a warrant to FundQuest to acquire a certain amount of the Company’s common stock (Note 4) and was initially recorded as a current liability. The fair value of the warrant was determined using a Black-Scholes valuation model and was considered a Level 3 liability. As a result of the Company’s initial public offering effective July 28, 2010, certain terms of the warrant were determined in accordance with the warrant agreement and the Company reclassified the estimated fair value of the warrant to additional paid-in capital in the three months ended September 30, 2010.

The table below presents a reconciliation of all assets and liabilities of the Company measured at fair value on a recurring basis using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) for the period from December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2010:



Balance at December 31, 2009

    $                     -      



Change in fair value


Transfer to additional paid in capital





Balance at December 31, 2010

    $ -      




The Company assesses the levels of the investments at each measurement date, and transfers between levels are recognized on the actual date of the event or change in circumstances that caused the transfer in accordance with the Company’s accounting policy regarding the recognition of transfers between the levels of the fair value hierarchy. There were no transfers between Levels 1, 2 and 3 during the year.