Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Leases [Abstract]  
Lessee, Operating Leases

In October 2018, Pieris GmbH entered into a new lease for office and laboratory space located in Hallbergmoos, Germany. Under the Lease Agreement, Pieris GmbH will rent approximately 105,000 square feet, of which approximately 96,400 square feet is expected to be delivered by the lessor in the fourth quarter of 2019 and approximately 8,600 square feet is expected to be delivered by the lessor by May 2020. An additional approximately 22,300 square feet is expected to be delivered by the lessor by October 2024. Pieris GmbH has a first right of refusal to lease an additional approximate 13,400 square feet. Pieris GmbH intends to move its operations currently conducted in Freising, Germany to the new leased property.

The Lease Agreement provides for an initial term of 12.5 years, commencing on the date the lessor first delivers the leased property to Pieris GmbH as agreed under the lease agreement. Pieris GmbH also has an option to extend the term of the Lease Agreement for two additional 60 months periods. Pieris GmbH may sublease space within the leased property with lessor’s consent, which may not be unreasonably withheld.

Monthly base rent for the initial 105,000 square feet of the leased property, including parking spaces, will total approximately $0.2 million per month, which amount shall be adjusted starting on the second anniversary of the commencement date by an amount equal to the German consumer price index. In addition to the base rent, Pieris GmbH is also responsible for certain administrative and operational costs in accordance with the terms of the Lease Agreement. Pieris GmbH provided a security deposit of $0.8 million as of December 31, 2018. The Company will serve as a guarantor for the Lease Agreement.

The Hallbergmoos lease included $11.2 million of tenant improvements allowance for normal tenant improvements, for which construction began in March 2019. The date of the construction coincided with the lease commencement date for accounting purposes under FASB ASC 840, Leases. The Company recorded straight-line rent expense of $0.8 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and a deferred rent liability of $12.1 million, inclusive of a tenant improvement allowance of $11.2 million which the Company is amortizing as a reduction of rent expense over the lease term.  As of September 30, 2019, the entire deferred rent liability was classified as non-current deferred rent on the consolidated balance sheet.